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Proxecto «Living Ports»

A game changer in Coastal and Marine Infrastructure. 
Shifting away from “grey” construction towards a nature-inclusive solution with structural, environmental, and socio-economic benefits.


The Project 

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Ecological Footprint

Living Ports pioneers port sustainability with a technology that enables concrete infrastructure which stores carbon and regenerates ecosystems.

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Innovative Technology

Living Ports showcases and de-risks large-scale, flexible, and cost-effective technology that also meets environmental goals.


Community outreach

The Nautilus observatory provides visitors with the unique experience of witnessing first-hand the development of biodiversity on the ECOncrete seawalls.


The Living Ports project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA970972


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The Challenge

With growing climate change risks, forward-thinking ports are not only adapting their infrastructure, but also taking actions to mitigate climate change.


Currently, 70% of coastal infrastructure is built with traditional concrete, which is toxic to many marine organisms and requires expensive maintenance - annually, there is an estimated €2.2 trillion cost of corrosion worldwide.


With the previous lack of de-risked, environmentally sensitive, industry standard solutions, a technically feasible solution to this problem remained out of reach. LIVING PORTS will change the standard of port construction by replacing traditional concrete while performing structurally. 


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Àlvar Trabazos Claveria

Vigo Port:

Francisco Barreiro


Wolfgang Kunther

Cardama Shipyard:

M.Borja Cardama

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