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"Earth Moving Worldwide provides the fishing village of Kalba in the United Arab Emirates with an extra beach area. This way, 3,000,000 m³ of sand are kept in place."

To the beach with EMW

Earth Moving Worldwide provides the fishing village of Kalba in the United Arab Emirates with an extra beach area. This way, 3,000,000 m³ of sand are kept in place.

Construction & Infra
Kalba (United Arab Emirates)
2015

Earth Moving Worldwide provides the fishing village of Kalba in the United Arab Emirates with an extra beach area. This way, 3,000,000 m³ of sand are kept in place.

Kalba is located in the emirate of Sharjah. Together with the other emirates including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, they form the United Arab Emirates. The fishing village already has a beach of around 7 km long but this will now be expanded further. With at least 3 million m³ of sprayed up sand.

One million tons of armour rock
That sprayed-up sand won’t just lie there, of course. To keep it in its place and to prevent erosion, six weirs, a wave barrier and 3 km of shore protection will be put in place. One million tons of armour rock are required for this, all of which must be placed with an accuracy of 30 cm. A challenging assignment that EMW was hired to execute.

10-ton rocks
This project kicked off with excavation. A footprint of a meter deep was excavated and filled up with rocks, to serve as a solid base for the wave barrier and the weirs. For this, we used a cutter dredge pump installed on a long-reach (28m) Hitachi 1200 SLR excavator. After dredging the footprint, the weirs and the wave barrier were created using rocks of between 10 and 1000 kg. These were then covered with rocks of 2 to 10 tons in size. For this, powerful long reach excavators were needed, such as the Hitachi 870 LR GPS with pincers and the Hitachi 1200 SLR GPS with boulder bins.

Fully equipped workshop
A significant amount of power is required for a job as heavy as this. The entire fleet consisted of some 30 earthmoving machines, each equipped with a GPS system for precision finishing. To provide these essential machines with the best possible care, EMW provided a fully equipped workshop for the welders, technicians and maintenance teams.

International team
EMW committed to 24-hour shifts for this assignment. It counted on a team of seven expats for this - including five Belgians, a Scotsman and an Irishman - supplemented by 10 technicians from India, the Philippines and Nepal and approximately 40 operators from Pakistan, India, Nepal and the Philippines. An international team that gave its best to keep this project right on track.