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U.S. Firm Awarded $3,250,000 Contract to Deepen Haifa Harbor, Expand Its Facilities

A $3,250,000 contract for the deepening of Haifa harbor and the expansion of its port facilities has been awarded to an American firm, it was made known here today. Work on the project–which includes the building of a new dock and the erection of a building for health and immigration authorities–is scheduled to begin in June.

When the deepening of Haifa’s harbor is completed, it is estimated that the world’s largest passenger liners will be able to use the port’s facilities. At present as many as 40 passenger and cargo vessels must sometimes wait outside the break water until they can unload.

Israel ports handled over 2,000,000 tons of cargo during 1949, it was officially announced here today. Fuel cargoes entering Israel accounted for about 750,000 tons, all other imports came to about another 1,000,000 tons, while exports accounted for some 250,000 tons.