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U.S. Engineering Firm Completes Flan for Ashdod Port Development

Details and the schedule of the Ashdod Port Development in Israel were announced here this week-end by Frederic R. Harris, Inc. , the consulting engineering firm commissioned by the Israel Government to design the facilities for the City of Ashdod, at a reception given in the Plaza Hotel on the occasion of the completion of the Master Plan for the port development.

Philip M. Klutznick, American Jewish leader, and Oved Ben Ami, Mayor of Natanya, who are participating with financial investments in the development of Ashdod, attended the reception. Edward J, Quirin, president of the consulting engineering firm, expressed his “deep appreciation for the bountiful cooperation and assistance received on all levels of the Israeli Government, as well as from interested private citizens in both Israel and America.” He particularly thanked Levi Eshkol, Israel’s Minister of Finance, Yitzhak Ben-Aharon, Minister of Transport, and the latter’s predecessor Moshe Carmel.

The Master Plan for the port development, prepared by Frederic R. Harris, Inc., is based on cargo forecasts and on various economic and beach data. It calls for an off-shore development of protected water-shed by the means of breakwaters. The plan is divided into two main phases of development: a first complete phase for 16 berths; an ultimate phase for 30 berths. Construction will be scheduled according to the country’s port-capacity demand.

The first immediate construction stage is being called “Citrus Phase,” since its main aim is to enable the export of about 350,000 tons of citrus fruit. An extensive reduced-scale model testing program is being carried out by the Ministry in two hydraulic laboratories in France, and the results of all tests will be incorporated in the detailed design of the port structures. It is anticipated that the citrus wharves will be ready for partial use by October, 1963, and all construction included in the “Citrus Phase” development will be completed by October, 1964.

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