Last Saturday, the 20th of May, the Port of Viana (APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo S.A) organized the “Port of Viana’s Day”, an open doors journey with many activities, to introduce the Port’s role as a source of employment and economic opportunities for the Viana’s region and to celebrate European Maritime Day.
Hence, on Saturday morning, local enterprises located at the port, such as WindFloat Atlantic, open their doors to the public. In WindFloat Atlantic’s case, we had the opportunity to welcome 20 APDL employees. The group visited our O&M base, where we gave a little introduction about WindFloat Atlantic, the world’s first semi-submersible floating offshore wind farm, and its importance at a global level. After, we made an offshore visit to WindFloat Atlantic! The group could see from close for the first time the 3 turbines and innovative floaters that constitute WindFloat Atlantic, as it is located 18 kilometres off the coast, the visibility of the wind farm from the Port is very limited.
In the afternoon, the WFA team joined the first edition of the “Port of Viana’s Race”, sponsored by Ocean Winds, WindFloat Atlantic’s main shareholder. With the option of doing a 10 km run or a 5 km walk, both started inside Viana Port, enjoying a fantastic route that went around the North Coastal Ecovia in Darque, the local Eiffel Bridge and passed through the shipyard workshops on the port, ending in the Marina Garden. Congratulations to the WFA team for participating in this initiative including Jose Pinheiro, WFA Project Director, Ricardo Rosa, O&M Engineer, Tomás Vale, Maintenance Planner, Francisco Pinheiro, Cathy Stevens, Lawyer Lead Associate for Portugal, and Susana Meireles, Asset Manager Intern, and we also counted with the participation of Fabio Pinheiro, O&M Technician from PPI.
The WFA team found this experience very exciting, as it represented an opportunity to present this ground breaking project to the local community, and how we have been supplying green and clean energy for 25,000 Portuguese households since 2020.