Webuild will lead the consortium that will build a breakwater for the Port of Genoa with partners Fincantieri Infrastructure Opere Marittime, Fincosit and Sidra in a project valued in the client budget at a combined EUR 928 million. Webuild will have a 40% stake in the consortium. The breakwater, known in Italian as Nuova Diga Foranea, will be a unique project worldwide due to its scale and engineering complexity. It will be built offshore, leaving port activities uninterrupted. It will rest on an underwater foundation, whose varying depth will be up to 50 metres, making it the deepest in the world. It will cover a combined 6.2 kilometres, more than 4 of which under Phase A of the project. The project will be the biggest renewal of the port’s infrastructure on the Ligurian coast in 25 years. The breakwater will widen the transit and manoeuvre areas for ships within the port area. By increasing its capacity to receive ships, the project will provide the port with the infrastructure requested by major shipping companies and help improve the competitiveness of the Ligurian and Italian port system. It will guarantee direct access to the port’s terminal facilities, as well as provide a wide turning basin for container ships. At up to 400-450 metres in length, these ships are double the size of those that the port can currently receive. The project’s impact on the port, the city and the country will be felt from the outset with the creation of more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. Commissioned by the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, the project belongs to an extraordinary programme to upgrade the infrastructure at the Port of Genoa. The project entails the construction of a breakwater approximately 450 metres beyond the current barrier. In Phase A, which is financed, its foundation will be created with an estimated seven million tonnes of rock mass up to 50 metres underwater. Approximately 100 prefabricated caissons of reinforced concrete will be laid upon the foundation. The caissons will be up to 33 metres high, 35 metres wide and 67 metres long, each equal to a 10-storey building.