Completion of the North breakwater in the Constanta Port

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Completion of the North breakwater in the Constanta Port

Posted by , Monday, 25th September 2017 @ 3:31 pm

Basic  project  data 

Project ID: PA1A055

Need  and  added  value  for  the  Danube  Region  Strategy

Prior to the project, the southern area of Constanta port, protected by the northern and the southern breakwater, was exposed to waves coming from an easterly direction. This was partly because, at the time when the northern breakwater was originally built, budgetary restrictions meant it could not reach the planned length of 5 900 metres. This project finally extended the northern breakwater to the desired length in order to deliver the wave protection needed in the southern area of the port.

The completion of the last 1050 m long sector of the North breakwater has positive effects in terms of safe operations in Constanta Port.

The project increases the productivity of the port, by reducing the impact of the waves on operations and minimising the risk of accidents. For the berths, this project eliminates 25% of productivity decrease during downtime. For barges, an essential component for transhipment, it eliminates the idle time during bad weather.


The project extends the northern breakwater from 4 850 metres to 5 900 metres so that, along with the southern breakwater, it can reduce the negative impacts of the waves on operations and safety at the port, and increase the port's productivity.

  • Decreasing the waves in the port to an acceptable level to ensure the safe operation ofvessels
  • Decreasing the destructive effects of the waves on the infrastructure within the port
  • Smooth access of vessels to the entry into the port
  • Decreasing the sediments in the waters by guiding the currents further away

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Conducted  project  activities

  • Tender for execution and supervision of works
  • Works execution

Works were carried out in three areas: the area where the existing breakwater ended and was connected to the new works; the area where an underwater core for the breakwater extension already existed; and the area for the completely new works, lying directly on the sea floor. The protection wall measures nine metres above sea level, rising to 10 metres with the stone coating.

transboundary  impact

The project increases safety in the Port of Constanta for port operators and all shipping companies operating in the port. It thereby helps the development of efficient multimodal terminals in the area of Constanta port.

Project  beneficiaries  /  target  groups

Beneficiary: National Company Maritime Ports Administration SA Constanta

Target Groups: Shipping companies, port operators

status  and  timeframe

Start date: 2011
End date: 2015
The project has already concluded.


Total budget: 175,050,000 EUR
EU funds: 68,080,000 EUR were funded by Operational Programme ‘Transport’ (SOPT) 2007–2013 (ERDF)
National funds: 106,970,000 EUR

Project  team

Project leader: National Company Maritime Ports Administration SA Constanta / Romania
Address: Incinta Port Gara Maritima, Constanta / Romania
Contact person: Nicolae Tivilichi
Contact data:; +40 241 611 540

Project  environment

Strategic  reference

  • Strategy for sustainable development on the period 2007-2013 and 2020, 2030 approved by Minister of Transport Order  no. 508/2008
  • Government Programme 2009 – 2012
  • White Paper Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system COM(2011) 144 final

Relevant  legislation

  • Decision No 661/2010/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network 
  • Low no. 203/2003 regarding the guidelines for the creating, development and modernization of transport networkof national and international importance

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Meta  data

Data provided by: Cristina Cuc and Monica Patrichi (Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Romania) - 13.09.2011
Last update by: Cristina Cuc and Monica Patrichi (Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Romania) - 19.9.2017

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