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Cubipod, OHLA's innovation
for port breakwaters

Cubipod is one of the benchmark technological innovations developed by OHLA in collaboration with the University of Valencia with the aim of limiting the impact of water on mound breakwaters and to protect riverbanks.

Patented internationally, offers important advantages over the traditional cubic block, such as its great robustness and structural strength, while preventing the pieces from adopting a self-packing arrangement and increases friction with the underlying layer. In addition, its sustainable nature results in a lower concrete consumption.

After successful use in a diverse portfolio of maritime projects in Spain, Cubipod is already being used in other European countries such as Denmark and in Africa (Alger and Ghana). In addition, OHLA has a license agreement for its application in the Americas.

We invite you to take a walk through the ports where Cubipod has been exported.

Spain
La Esfinge Secondary Breakwater

Port of Las Palmas

La Esfinge Secondary Breakwater

The aim of this project was to provide the necessary protection inside the new basin of the port of Las Palmas. For the structure, with a length of 260 m, 1,846 Cubipods of 6t were used in a single layer.

Naos Secondary Breakwater

In this contract, 6t (1686 pieces) and 12t (295 pieces) Cubipods were used in a single layer for the protection of the trunk and the junction with the caisson section in a 205 m long section of the breakwater.

Port of A Coruña

Langosteira I North and South Breakwaters

The improvement of the Punta Langosteira infrastructures contemplated the construction of two breakwaters: one to the north (550m) and other one to the south of the water intake (300m), in which 1,580 Cubipods of 15t and 960 Cubipods of 25t were used.

Langosteira II West Breakwater

This second phase of the project included the extension of the south breakwater to complete the secondary breakwater of the port. The 877 m infrastructure consists of 5,418 25t Cubipods and 1,772 45t Cubipods.

Port of Málaga

San Andrés Breakwater

It was the first Cubipod application (2011), within the framework of the project Operation and improvement of the exterior darsin and external protection of San Andres. 4,903 Cubipods of 6t and 226 of 15t were used in the 270 m length infrastructure.

Denmark

Argel

Port Expansion in Hanstholm

Western Breakwater

The protection of a west-facing main breakwater and an east-facing counterdike were the main challenges of the western breakwater port expansion in Hanstholm in which 1,843 Cubipods of 15t, 694 of 22t and 175 of 30-33t were used.

Port of Alger

Marine Bay d’Alger

In total, 16,102 Cubipods of 3t and 288 of 12t were used in the breakwater at Marina Bay d’Alger (Algeria). Also, in Africa, a license for the application of Cubipod in the fishing port of Elmina (Ghana) has been recently exported.

Denmark

Port Expansion in Hanstholm

Western Breakwater

The protection of a west-facing main breakwater and an east-facing counterdike were the main challenges of the western breakwater port expansion in Hanstholm in which 1,843 Cubipods of 15t, 694 of 22t and 175 of 30-33t were used.

Argel

Puerto de Hanstholm

Marine Bay d’Alger

In total, 16,102 Cubipods of 3t and 288 of 12t were used in the breakwater at Marina Bay d’Alger (Algeria). Also, in Africa, a license for the application of Cubipod in the fishing port of Elmina (Ghana) has been recently exported.

Awards

A multi-award winning innovation

In fact, its innovative and sustainable nature has earned Cubipod multiple recognitions, including the Gold medal with honorable mention and the prize for Best Spanish Invention awarded at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva; the National Innovation Award, in the category Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions, for the first real application in the Port of Malaga; and the best Spanish invention from the Spanish patenting company Garcia-Cabrerizo, awarded by the Foundation of the same name.