For more than 45 years we’ve been supporting our customers in implementing their projects. Founded in 1970 by a group of engineers led by Professor Fernando Vasco Costa, Consulmar has been present in the main developments related to its activity, growing and expanding its geographic horizons and range of services in a sustained and consolidated way.
1970 – 1980
Foundation of Consulmar – Consultants for Port Facilities and Structures, Ltd – in 1970. Years of gradual affirmation in the market, with the participation in some large projects, such as the initial development of the Port of Sines.
1980 – 1990
Change of name to CONSULMAR, Engineering and Management Consultants, Ltd., preparing an expansion of activity beyond Ports Developments. Change of the ownership and organizational structure, adapting to the new growing phase.
Extension of the scope of activity to supervision and contracts management, and beginning of a permanent presence in the Azores and Angola. Continued involvement in the design and supervision of the Port of Sines, preparation of Master Plans and Designs of the Ports of Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Sesimbra and Portimão and participation in coastal studies, precursors of POOC (Plan for Spatial Management of the Shoreline); provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Construction in Angola, and participation in the Project for the Development of the Fisheries Sector of Angola; project of the Port of Ka-Ho, Macau.
1990 – 2000
Implementation of a network growing strategy, with expanding sectors of activity and increased international activity through the formation of OC, SGPS, SA, which takes ownership of Consulmar, and a set of companies: Consulmar Azores (1996), Hidromod (1992), Nemus (1997), Ambigest (1998, Angola), taking place in Norma Azores (1992) and establishment of a permanent office in Mozambique (1994). Participation in remarkable projects such as the expansion of the Airport of Funchal, the Ro-Ro terminal for Ford/VW in the Port of Setubal, the new container/”multipurpose” terminals in the Port of Setubal, Lisbon and Sines, various projects and Supervision of Works for EXPO’98, design of the Portimão Marina and the Ponta Delgada Marina and seaside promenade, and participation in various POOC (Plan for Spatial Management of the Shoreline); ongoing cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works of Angola, providing Technical Assistance to the Provincial Government of Cabinda; Supervision of the rehabilitation works of the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo; rehabilitation of 10 fishing ports in Haiti.
2000 – 2010
Growth consolidation, with a strong focus on the international market. Acquisition of Viacanal (2008, Roads Projects) and constitution of Consulmé (2006, São Tomé and Príncipe). Several works undertaken to Algeria, Brazil, Cape Verde, Congo, Martinique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tunisia and Venezuela, in addition to the well-established markets in Angola and Mozambique. Participation in projects such as the new LNG terminal in Sines, the studies for the new Lisbon airport, the new International Airport of S. Tomé and Príncipe, the expansion of the Port of la Guaira, Venezuela, the siltation study of the Port of Fortaleza, Brazil, six new fishing ports in Angola, Albufeira Marina, Foz do Douro jetties, among many others.
Our commitment relates to a strong investment in excellence and renewal of our human resources, having admitted in recent years about 30% of new technical employees. We intend to continue with the growth of our international business, particularly in those markets which we defined as priorities (PALOP – African Countries with Portuguese as Official Language – and North Africa), further positioning ourselves as privileged partners of Portuguese investors in those markets. In Portugal we will consolidate our position as the reference Engineering Consultancy Company, continuing to set our presence in remarkable projects, investing in innovation and partnerships with other companies in the industry and with our Clients.