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The construction of breakwaters is an ancient practice to hold back rough seas, in order to create a quiet harbor or reduce shore erosion. Modern technology has replaced the haphazard piling of rocks in the sea with a precise engineering process for long-term stability and durability.

Today, each stone in a breakwater is precisely placed with cranes and tugboats; size, shape and tensile strength are taken into account, with the data recorded and monitored. Divers check the positioning of each stone by GPS, followed by underwater tests for stability.

The newest breakwater in Haifa Port, commissioned in 2010, was designed using the latest technologies under the expert guidance of Shapir’s marine engineers. The Haifa Port Polinom Project calls for a composite structure of a main breakwater reaching to depths of 10-12 meters, a secondary breakwater and an access ramp.

The main breakwater is a multi-layered stone wall running for 854 meters, with east and west heads. It has an additional reinforcement of concrete antifer blocks (with a volume of 5.5m2 each) in a double row on the west head and a triple row on the east head. The position of each block was mapped on a precise layout grid.

The secondary breakwater, measuring 328 meters, also faces east-west around 200-400 meters away from the first structure. It resembles the main breakwater in composition, except that the external layer is stone. The access ramp and the Dupont reorganization area are constructed from a stone core.

The tender specified the highest level of international quality assurance and approval by the Israel Standards Institute. Since these qualifications are hallmarks of Shapir performance, it was natural for the company to receive the contract.

The responsibilities: project organization and clearance, excavation, maintenance and disassembly of marking buoys, supply and placement of the stones and blocks, together with precautions taken to minimize environmental impact at every stage.

December 28, 2021

Haifa Breakwater

The construction of breakwaters is an ancient practice to hold back rough seas, in order to create a quiet harbor...

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December 28, 2021

The Tel Aviv Fast Lane

Shapir is a driving force in the movement for social equality with the Tel Aviv Fast Lane, a toll-road solution...

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October 18, 2021

Pre-Cast Concrete

The Shapir Prefab Concrete Plant was established in 1992 to produce pre-cast concrete elements for the Shapir Group and other...

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October 18, 2021

All Shapir projects begin with the stone.

The story of Shapir’s Industry Division begins in 1986, when the Israel Electric Corporation contracted Shapir to construct a breakwater...

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October 18, 2021

Israel’s DAN, CENTRAL & NORTHERN REGIONS Natural Gas Infrastructure

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October 18, 2021

Ashkelon: Rotenberg Coal Pier

The Rotenberg Power Plant, located in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, uses advanced coal-burning technology. It came online in...

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October 18, 2021

Israel’s Parliament

The Knesset building, home to the 120-member Israeli Parliament, is one of the most famous structures in modern Jerusalem. Thousands...

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October 18, 2021

Mevaseret Zion, Israel

The town of Mevaseret Zion is perched on a mountain ridge to the west of Jerusalem. Its neighborhoods consist of...

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October 18, 2021

Ma’ale Adumim, Israel

The town of Ma’ale Adumim was established seven kilometers east of Jerusalem in the 1970s to relieve the city’s housing...

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September 15, 2021

Ashkelon Power Station

The construction of power stations in Israel has presented multiple challenges. Besides the technological know-how required to keep plant operation...

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September 15, 2021

Central Israel: Modiin Train Station

Modiin is a relatively new and vibrant city conveniently located midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Planned to be Israel’s...

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September 15, 2021

Ben-Gurion International Airport

Known affectionately by Israelis as “Natbag” (the Airport’s Hebrew acronym), Ben-Gurion Airport has played a prominent part in Israel’s history...

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September 15, 2021

Ashdod Port

Ashdod Port, approximately 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv-Jaffa on the Mediterranean coast, was first opened in 1965 as Israel’s...

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July 20, 2021

Leadership in Environmental Care

As a company with decades of experience in Israel and around the world, Shapir is familiar with the crucial need...

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July 20, 2021

The A1 Train Tunnels to Jerusalem

Like most developed countries, Israel possesses the know-how and motivation to supply its citizens with rapid transit,  A new fast...

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July 20, 2021

Nazareth: Iksal Tunnels

Highway 60 is an important traffic artery for all of central Israel, from Beersheva in the south to Nazareth in...

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July 20, 2021

Kfar Saba, Raanana: Highway 531 – Raanana Interchange Project

The name Kfar Saba (“Grandfather’s Village”) is misleading for this city, which is rapidly approaching the 100,000 population mark. However,...

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July 20, 2021

Galilee: Acbara Bridge

The region in the north of Israel known as the Upper Galilee is famous for its spectacular views, mild summer...

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July 20, 2021

Bridges that Unite Jerusalem

Many of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods are situated on high mountain ridges and enjoy a panoramic view, with visibility to the Judean...

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July 20, 2021

Central Israel: The Maccabit Highway (Highway 471)

The National Roads Authority published a tender for an expressway connecting the Bar Ilan University Interchange on Highway 4 (located...

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