At the beginning of 2019, the state agency Atarim Tel Aviv Yafo coastline has announced a tender for the new phase of reconstruction of one of the oldest city ports in the Mediterranean, the old Jaffa port. After long-term negotiations, the project for reconstruction was awarded to Marinetek and Mer Terre, an Israeli contractor specialised for maritime works. As part of the work, Mer Terre will perform the removal of the old fixed and floating pier, refurbish the shoreline and deepening the sea bottom, and Marinetek will for this project manufacture and deliver floating pontoons and equipment to form a new pier at the port.
Through a special analysis, during the evaluation of the offers, the investor decided on the most appropriate technical solution, where the final price was not crucial. For this project, Marinetek will deliver standard Heavy Duty pontoons, 2.7m wide and 15m long, fitted with rubber bumpers and stainless steel cleats, and the bottom of the pontoons will be additionally protected by polyurethane coatings.
Delivery and transportation of pontoons for Israel began in February, and final installation is expected in April and May 2020.
The Jaffa port is considered to be one of the oldest ports in the world. The port has been in almost constant use since the Canaanite period until the present day, and it is what gave Jaffa its historic status as a central city in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea and as the western gateway to the country. The port has been serving fishermen, sailors, merchants, pilgrims, conquerors and immigrants for thousands of years as they came and went through it.
This project is very significant for Marinetek, not because of its size, but because of the uniqueness of the location and the project itself, where marinetek and partners proposed the most appropriate technical solution. The project itself will make Israel the sixteenth country with installation of Marinetek pontoons ‘Made in Šibenik, Croatia’.
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