Showcasing port infrastructure that also meets environmental goals – the Living Ports project in the Port of Vigo, backed by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and consisting of a consortium led by ECOncrete, is showing ecological uplift, marine biodiversity developing and community interest. 

Please find the full case study including relevant details below for download. The project includes nature positive quay walls installed in the Port of Vigo, the Nautilus underwater observatory, and our Coastalock single layer coastal armor at the Bouzas revetment. Some exciting results include:

  • Biological monitoring shows diverse marine wildlife flourishing on the seawalls and coastal armor 
  • Signals a positive future for nature inclusive marine infrastructure and increased investments in environmental solutions
  • Close to 30,000 visitors within the first 7 months to the underwater observatory achieves a project goal of creating a community engagement space

The consortium worked to ensure a successful installation of an underwater observatory, built by Cardama Shipyard, one of the consortium members; the ECOncrete nature positive sea wall panels and coastal armor were built and installed using local labor and contractors; monitoring of the installations has begun with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) observing the benefits of our nature positive solutions, including a separate project monitoring the effect on noise pollution underwater.

Download full Case Study (English): Living Ports: Nature-Inclusive Port Infrastructure (Case Study)

Download full Case Study (Spanish): Living Ports Infraestructuras Portuarias Integradas En La Naturaleza (Estudio De Caso)

Further information:
Official Living Ports Vigo website
Living Ports wins IAPH Sustainability Award


Drone photograph: Julius Valhav; underwater photograph: Maria Moltesen