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Israel Govt. Chooses U.S. Firm to Supervise Construction of Ashdod Port

The Israel Government has chosen the New York engineering firm, Frederic R. Harris, Inc., to supervise the first phase of the construction of the deep-sea port of Ashdod, south of Tel Aviv, the firm announced here today.

Harris engineers, who have been working on plans for the project since 1957, have developed final designs and have recommended a harbor enclosed by breakwaters. Construction will be carried out in three phases timed to keep pace with the expansion of Israel’s foreign trade. The new port is expected to be handling an estimated 2,250,000 tons of citrus fruit and general cargo by 1965, when the first phase is scheduled for completion.