Trelleborg supplies its sealing system for the Mose flood protection project in Venice

Trelleborg supplies its sealing system for the Mose flood protection project in Venice


Protecting Venice

Scheduled to be completed in 2016 at an estimated cost of 5.5 billion EUR, the MOSE project requires 78 mobile barriers to be installed at the Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia inlets, the gaps through which the tide enters the lagoon and that separate it from the Adriatic. The barriers consist of steel gates installed end-to-end and are used only when there is the danger of flooding. The gates are normally completely invisible, resting in special housings in the bed of the lagoon inlets. When high water is forecast, they are temporarily raised to isolate the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. When the tide goes down, the gates are returned to their housing in the seabed. 

Trelleborg has been very involved in the MOSE project with contracts to supply the project with tailor-made sealing solutions and multiple fender systems. TRELLEBORG worked closely with the consultant engineer, Technital, during the design phase as well as with one of the project’s main contractors, Clodia SpA. “For such a large-scale infrastructure project, it was vital that we source a reliable solution that would stand the test of time,” says Diego Zandolin from Clodia. “Trelleborg promised a hassle-free installation process and proven functionality. Its fender systems and bespoke sealing systems provide an ideal solution. Trelleborg supplied its state-of-the art Super Cone and Arch fenders after overcoming the challenge of supplying a large quantity of fenders in a particularly short turnaround time,” Zandolin explains.