Aimed from the beginning to provide specialized engineering consultancy in areas related to the Ports Sector, over the years we have been expanding our field of activity to the broader domain of transport and logistics, including studies and strategic planning, and projects for airport, road, rail and multimodal infrastructures.
CONSULMAR is the leading Portuguese consulting firm in the field of port infrastructure, maritime hydraulics and coastal engineering. Founded in 1970, Consulmar has today approximately 100 employees spread across its various offices. The company has extensive experience in all types of port infrastructure – from small commercial ports and fishing harbours, to large specialized terminals, container, “Ro-Ro”, dry bulk and liquid terminals, “ferry” and passengers’ terminals, as well as marinas.
CONSULMAR has the know-how and experience to develop all aspects of this type of projects, from the initial studies, technical and economic feasibility, planning (including physical planning and hydrodynamics mathematical modelling) to detailed design and preparation of tender processes – including marine works, civil works, technical networks and equipment – and moreover Site Supervision works. The company has been involved in studies, designs and site supervisions in all major ports of mainland Portugal and the Azores and Madeira, and also in several other countries and territories, including South Africa, Angola, Algeria, Brazil, Cape Verde, Spain, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Macao, Morocco, Martinique, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Tunisia and Venezuela.
CONSULMAR has been involved in the largest and most emblematic studies and projects in the Ports area in Portugal, among which the following stand out: the planning and design of the Port of Sines (since its inception in the 70s, including oil terminals for vessels up to 1,000,000 DWT, coal terminals for vessels up to 190,000 DWT, and LNG terminal for vessels up to 165,000 DWT) and the planning and design of the Port of Aveiro (global restructuring of the port and construction of new terminals), the Ro-Ro terminal for Ford – VW in the Port of Setubal, and the expansion and deepening of the main container terminals of the Port of Lisbon – among many others.
Overseas, highlight, in Angola, for studies, designs and supervision of the Integrated Development Plan of the Fisheries Sector (funded by Kuwait Fund and BADEA, conducted in the 80s and 90s), for studies and projects for the Port of Long Haul of Cabinda, for the study of the new container terminal of the Port of Luanda; in Brazil, for the collaboration in the project of the new ore port of Pecém, for studies of siltation problems solving of the Port of Fortaleza (Mucuripe) and collaboration in the contingency plans for 19 oil terminals along the coast of Brazil, undertaken for Petrobras/Transpetro; in Mozambique for several studies and projects for major ports and for the network of secondary ports, financed by the World Bank; in Venezuela for the expansion / new container terminal of the Port of La Guaira, and in Morocco for the new fishing port of Tangier and the new Cruise Terminal in the Port of Casablanca.
We undertake hydrodynamics and sediments transport studies, analysis of physiographic evolution and diagnosis of its causes. We propose solutions to and undertake projects for problems such as coastal erosion, siltation of infrastructure, and for flood protection (river or sea), recovery of degraded areas and for the use and enhancement of the coast fruition conditions.
Regarding specifically dry bulk terminals, CONSULMAR has, since its foundation, developed a large number of studies and projects in Portugal and abroad.
Regarding solid bulk, highlight for the design and site supervision of the largest unloading coal terminal in the country (current move of 6 million ton/year), in the Port of Sines. Highlight also for studies and projects undertaken for the unloading coal terminal of Alhambra (Port of Lisbon), and for studies, projects and supervision of the new dry bulk terminal of the Port of Aveiro.
Also regarding bulk terminals, studies and projects were undertaken for cement terminals in the ports of Aveiro, Viana do Castelo and Luanda (Angola), as well as for other products such as sand, salt, or ores (copper concentrate), in the Ports of Aveiro, Setúbal and Lisbon.
Also worth mentioning are the studies for the design of bulk unloading terminal at Matola, in Mozambique (studies undertaken for a contractor tendering for the construction works of the Mozal terminal).
As for liquid bulks, as early as the beginning of its activity in the 70s, CONSULMAR has been involved in studies for the marine terminal of the South Refinery in Portugal, and was afterwards involved in the projects of the greater bulk cargo port in Portugal, the Port of Sines. For Sines, in addition to the above projects tanker terminals, petrochemical and LNG, Consulmar is now developing the project for the rehabilitation of Station 1 of the Oil Terminal, for vessels up to 400,000 DWT.
For the Port of Lisbon several studies and projects for various fuel terminals (for Portuguese Shell and Tanquipor), and oilseeds (Tagol) have been undertaken. For Lisbon, and also Setúbal, studies were conducted to the LPG and LNG terminals, respectively.
For the Port of Aveiro studies and projects were developed for the Chemical Terminal (for Dow Portugal, Petrogal, CIRES, etc.), as well as projects for the liquid bulk and fuel terminals to the Port Administration.
Overseas, highlight for the safety studies and development of contingency plans for 19 oil terminals along the coast of Brazil, undertaken for Petrobras / Transpetro, for several studies and projects for the fuel terminal of the Port of Ka-Ho in Macau (for the Port Administration and for Shell) for the floating discharge pontoon rehabilitation project of the Oil Terminal of Port Amboim (in Angola for Sonangol), and for the feasibility and preliminary studies to Port of Santa Cruz in Tenerife (Spain, for CEPSA) and for a fuel export terminal for the Balboa Refinery, in the Port of Huelva.
A selection of projects developed by CONSULMAR in the port area is presented, notably those involving bulk terminals (solids or liquids).
In regards to passengers terminals, specifically, both ferry terminals (suburban or regional), and cruises, CONSULMAR has been developing a large number of studies and projects in Portugal and abroad.
We herein highlight the river terminals in the Lisbon region (multimodal interfaces of Terreiro do Paço and Cais do Sodré, terminal Trafaria), the ferry terminals of Tróia, Setubal and Cerveira, the regional ferry terminals of various ports in the Azores (Vila do Porto / Santa Maria, Praia da Vitória, Praia / Graciosa, Madalena / Pico, among others), and the ferry terminals of Inhambane, Maxixe, Quelimane and Recamba, in Mozambique.
Regarding terminal for cruise ships, we highlight the Cruise Terminal of Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, the terminals of the Port of Lisbon (Rocha Conde de Óbidos and collaboration in the project of the future terminal of Santa Apolónia), the Port of Portimão, and the new Cruise Terminal of the Port of Casablanca, Morocco (ongoing).
Since the beginning of its activity, CONSULMAR has developed a deep “know-how” in concept studies and detailed design of specialized port terminals. Recent examples are the projects of the LNG Terminal at the Port of Sines, the rehabilitation of the West Jetty and Station 1 of this port, to accommodate vessels up to 400,000 DWT, the study of a new oil terminal in the Port of Huelva. It should also be highlighted the previous coal terminal in Sines, the Ro-Ro terminal for Ford-VW in the Port of Setubal and also in this last Port, the Container Terminal and Multimodal Platform.
In recent years CONSULMAR has been very active in the airport sector. Among the projects in which Consulmar has been involved, are the expansion of the International Airport of St. Tomé and Principe, the expansion of Funchal Airport, the design of the terminal / container park in João Paulo II Airport, in Ponta Delgada, the technical studies for the new airport in Lisbon (Ota) and for the capacity development of the existing airport (Portela), in addition to various remodelling projects / rehabilitation of airports or airfields in the Azores, Angola and Mozambique.
In particular with regard to the airport sector, CONSULMAR has been involved in projects of increasing importance, with a special highlight to its participation in two of the greatest developments of the sector undertaken or underway in Portugal, in recent years.
In the expansion of the Madeira Airport, emblematic work, leading the designer consortium responsible for the first phase of the project, and integrating the author consortium of the second phase. In this major project, CONSULMAR was responsible for all projects relating to airport, as well as the access roads, parking, drainage and foundations of the track over the sea (maritime works).
In studies for the New Lisbon Airport, Consulmar was part of the consortium of Portuguese companies which, associated with multinational Parsons, was responsible for the studies, general plan and tendering organization process for the projects and works for the solution of location in Ota. Within the same association, Consulmar also participated in the studies of the capacity development of the existing airport at Portela.
Projects related to the airport runway and its approaches, including infrastructures for the ILS (“Instrument Landing System”) were developed for Faro Airport.
Also noteworthy projects are the ones undertaken for the air base of Montijo, in particular its helipad and helicopters’ support facilities.
In the Azores CONSULMAR also has a significant presence in the sector, having developed projects for expansion or rehabilitation of the airport runways of Faial (Horta), Flores and Corvo airfield, and also participated in the supervision of the refurbishment works of the Airport of S. Miguel (Ponta Delgada), where also developed the design of the new cargo terminal (containers’ storage). Also in the Azores, Consulmar prepared the aeronautical servitudes plans for the airports of the islands of Flores, Graciosa, S. Jorge, Pico and Corvo.
The CONSULMAR has also been increasingly active in this area overseas. Thus, the project to the new International Airport S. Tomé and Príncipe is in its final phase, involving a new runway, terminal, access roads, parking and all the supporting structures. In Angola, the rehabilitation projects of the airport runways were developed for the airports of Uige and Negage, also involving the accompaniment of the works (through Consulmar’s local subsidiary).
In Mozambique Consulmar conducted the projects for the rehabilitation of runways of the airfields of Pomene and Bazaruto, and adaption of the Customs premises of Maputo Airport, to comply with the new safety requirements. In the following pages we present a selection of projects developed by CONSULMAR in the airport area.
Consulmar has a specialized team in roadways studies and projects, therefore ensuring not only the necessary studies for roadways associated with large port infrastructures, but also planning studies and projects for large roadways developments.