Port of Maio refurbished with ShibataFenderTeam Cone Fender and V Fender Systems


The Port of Maio Cape Verde has received a new ShibataFenderTeam (SFT) set of fender systems.

Maio is a small island located in the Cape Verde archipelago. A permanent residence for 6000 people, the island is also a travel destination whose economy depends heavily on this tourism.

The Port of Maio is part of a strategic transport corridor in Africa with infrastructure co-financed by the European Union, the African Development Bank, and the local government.

This modernisation project started by SFT in 2019 consisted of the rehabilitation of the jetty and the construction of a Ro-Ro platform.

ShibataFenderTeam colleagues in Spain worked closely with a consortium formed by SETH, Teixeira Duarte and Armando Cunha to provide 46 fender systems and 31 bollards to end client ENAPOR, Port Authority of Cape Verde.

The SFT delivery included 23 set of SPC Cone Fenders Systems (G2.7), 15 V Fenders Systems of various sizes (1000×1500 millimetres and 600×3000 millimetres) and 8 Corner V Fender Systems 290×750/750 millimetres. The project scope also included the supply of 31 T-Head Bollards with different load ratings (30 tons and 15 tons).

The fender solution considered all project conditions, which means the port’s exposure to heavy waves and varying water levels but also the new Ro-Ro platform design.

SFT’s engineering team worked together with the client to transform the original cone fender design into a V Fender System – with inclined chamfers – to provide sufficient clearance between the Ro-Ro vessel’s ramp and the fenders.

When the manufacturing and transport to the Port was finished, SFT Sales Team visited the site and assisted during the installation process, extending a truly customised solution – engineering, production, and service – to the client.

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