Haifa, Israel (PortSEurope) May 24, 2018 – Airobotics, an Israeli startup, in partnership with Shapir-Ashtrom, will operate a project to survey the construction of Haifa’s new seaport. The new “Gulf Port” will be designed to increase maritime traffic and international commerce.
The two companies are working with Israel’s top construction and civil engineering companies, Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd, and Ashtrom Properties Ltd, which created a joint venture “Shapir-Ashtrom”, specifically for this new Haifa seaport initiative, valued at 4 billion Israeli Shekels (approx. $1 billion).
Shapir-Ashtrom, along with The Israel Ports Company, are building the Gulf Port, which includes the construction of breakwaters and piers, dredging and land reclamation. The port will be 810 acres and be able to handle 1.1 million containers per year.
Airobotics is using drones to assist in surveying reclamation areas, monitoring breakwater construction and stockpile measurements, which increases construction accuracy and accessibility, while reducing production costs.
“We’re proud to take part in the largest port construction project in Israel, and continue to reach more complex industrial environments,” said Ran Krauss, CEO and Co-Founder at Airobotics. “This partnership is another step on our way to leverage the automation technology we’ve created to benefit any industrial site around the world.”
Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution, the first of its kind in the global market. Airobotics provides an end-to-end, fully automatic solution for collecting aerial data and gaining invaluable insights. The industrial grade platform is available on-site and on-demand, enabling industrial facilities to access premium aerial data in a faster, safer, more efficient way.
The Shapir Group is one of Israel’s largest and leading industrial and infrastructure concerns.
Shapir Engineering is building the Gulf Port at an estimated cost of NIS 4 billion (€956.2 million). The project szarted in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2021. The rapid pace of construction in the project is expected to speed up its delivery before the deadline.
The area of the new port is 810,000 square metres (810,000 square meters), and construction has been done to extend a main breakwater at 882 metres and build a 2.1-km secondary breakwater. The marine excavations included digging 14 million cubic meters of sand and clay, drying the sea and filling 10 million cubic meters of sand. At the end of the project, the port is expected to provide a capacity of 1.1 million containers per year.
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