History of Port de Mataró
Consorci Port Mataró is a public consortium founded in 1997 comprised of the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) and Ajuntament de Mataró, whose main goal is the management and exploitation of the marina in Mataró.
Consorci Port Mataró manages a modern and constantly evolving port in the capital of the Maresme, which has 1,080 moorings and nearly 7,000 square meters of commercial area. Port de Mataró is at the forefront of environmental innitiatives which have led it to achieve, since 2005, the challenging EMAS certification. Since 1998 it has also been awarded the European Blue Flag certification for quality on a steady basis.
Since the Consorci Port Mataró took over Port de Mataró, its main objective has been to provide the city with a first-class facility that would experience continued growth in both quality and quantity of services and facilities available to users.
This is the year in which the idea of building a port, although it had always been pursued by the inhabitants of Mataró, received the first official institutional support when the former town of Mataró was granted the title of city by Felip V.
It was a time when the maritime and commercial movement went hand in hand, and sailors and fishermen had quarrels to occupy the best areas of the beach.
The government of Queen Isabel II agrees to the suppression —for economic reasons— of the jurisdiction of the maritime province of Mataró, meaning less value of the city within the maritime sector.
Thanks to Carles Padrós, the new project is approved and the auction of construction works is authorized. The auction was declared void on two occasions and the project was put on hold. It took almost thirty years to approve a new project, submitted by Gonzàlez Isla, and one and a half years later, the company Miranou, S.A began construction that lasted only a few months.
The waterbreak is built due to the alarming retreat of the beach, restoring hope on the idea of having a port and bringing to birth Club Nàutic de Mataró. Two years later, directors and members of the entity submitted a new project to “Jefatura de Costas”, but the idea was rolled back due to economic problems.
A mixed pro-port society named “Puerto de Mataró, S.A.” is set up by Ajuntament de Mataró, Caixa d’Estalvis Laietana, Club Nàutic de Mataró, Confraria de Pescadors, Cambra Oficial de Comerç, Indústria i Navegació de Barcelona and Drassanes Xufré. It was this entity which brought the project of the port into construction.
The project approved by the municipal plenary session locates the port between the streets of Sant Joan and Sant Antoni. Three years later, in response to popular protests, the port was located further west, between Lepanto Street and Drassanes Xufré.
Jordi Pujol, Manuel Mas and Josep Beltran lay the foundation stone on April 10, 1988. Construction work begins on May 2 of the same year and does not end until July 1991.
After waiting 289 years, Port de Mataró is inaugurated on July 7, 1991.
Due to the difficulty of private management in the early years, the Catalan Government and Ajuntament de Mataró create Consorci Port Mataró, a public body which will be in charge of the management of the facility.
On September 23, the renovation and modernization works of the piers were inaugurated to guarantee the safety, sustainability, efficiency and quality of the port access facilities and mooring of the boats, as well as the rehabilitation of the breakwater and the modernization of power and water supply to the boats, with an investment of 3.6 million euros.
Actions are submitted for the renewal of infrastructures, port services and commercial area. The planned actions are aimed at making the port safer, accessible to all, city-integrated, open to the sea, with high-quality nautical services and a renewed commercial area.
A new project is submitted to remodel the commercial area in order to revitalize the facilities and integrate sustainable mobility mesures and quality public spaces. The offer of nautical activities will be diversified with a rental and experience area, an exhibition area and a shore storage. In addition, the breakwater will be adapted to climate change and the offices will be relocated.