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Benalmádena to dredge sand and silt from port

The build up of sand causes problems for sailors.
The build up of sand causes problems for sailors. / SUR
  • The council will invite bids from companies, though the controversial dredgers of 2011 still remain under investigation

Over the next few weeks, Benalmádena council will ask for quotes from companies to remove more than 40,000 cubic metres of sand and silt from Puerto Marina, a project that has been at a standstill since 2009. A report published last May warned that the build up of sand at the port could make it "dangerous" to sail there.

The works are expected to last for two months and should begin in October. The cost of the project is set at 467,751 euros, including tax.

The last dredging of the estuary, in 2011 was cloaked in controversy after the work was awarded to a local company. In three invoices, it was indicated that transfers had been made to a different company, which had been formed just one month before the contract had been awarded, and whose director had a "close friendship" with the councillor in charge of the port, Francisco Salido. The beneficiary of the invoices presided over a group with at least four companies, all in his name, which invoiced more than 1.4 million euros to the port management between 2011 and 2015.

Though an investigation was carried out, many had doubts over the legality of the situation.