Internal restructuring
Continente; Norte; Minho-Lima
Location of affected unit(s)
Viana do Castelo
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.11 - Building of ships and floating structures

609 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 December 2013
Employment effect (start)
31 December 2013
Foreseen end date


State-owned shipbuilder Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) is to close and its 609 employees will be dismissed. Following an international public tender, the company has been awarded in sub-concession to the Martifer Group.

According to the sources, the management proposed termination of employment contracts by mutual agreement and compensation. The works council is making an appeal to the workers to refuse any proposal for voluntary termination of contracts. As reported, in case the plan for termination of contracts by mutual agreement fails, the option would be the collective dismissals.

Additionally, about 400 of the dismissed workers shall be hired in the beginning of 2014 by Martifer Group, via firm West Sea. As reported, the closure shall take place by the end of 2013.


  • 2 December 2013: Sol


Eurofound (2013), Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC), Internal restructuring in Portugal, factsheet number 76358, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76358.