From a small country of less than 50,000 with few resources Dubai made its reputation for seaborne trading. Port Rashid contract was awarded in 1967. with completion in 1972
This was such a major project that the first job was to find rock and equip a quarry. Even the road had to be built for the fleet of 40 Foden half cab 8 wheeler dumpers . Rocks are transhipped into rskips transported by railway trucks to within reach of the crane. skips to be emptied to make the breakwater off rock protected by concrete staybits. This needed a big precast concreter set up. Much depends on the Manitowoc cranes placing the rock and stabits. Typical output was over 30,000 tons per week.
If you want a harbour built from scratch there are not many firms able to take on the job. Most of the kit used on this job was British although the cement was African. . When you have to start from scratch you get involved in some unexpected jobs. Another surprise was problems of unloading and handling the cement coming in as raw materials. Demonstrated at the end of the film was how for the first time Dubai was getting modern ship handing facilities at Port Rashid. Plenty of Fodens including excelled servicing facilities. as well as a very big Manitowoc crane, plenty of quarrying and a concrete paving train . Costain were contractors while Halcrow designed the job. . An impressive project especially for anybody those who worked on the project.
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