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April 2016: Proposal request from Arcadis Netherlands for a Desk Based Assessment Port of Salalah project, Oman

Arcadis Netherlands has approached Delta Heritage & Archaeology for a proposal to conduct a Desk Based Assessment for the Maritime Cultural Heritage and Archaeology for the Port of Salalah project, Oman.

Our proposal completes the Marine archaeology chapter of an Environmental Impact Assessment. This includes methodology (desktop and surveys (if required)), baseline description, assessment of construction and operational impacts, mitigation, residual effects and monitoring requirements.

The Port of Salalah is the largest port in Oman. Situated in the Dhofar Governorate, on the Arabian Sea which is on the northern part of the Indian Ocean. It is centrally located at the crossroads of trade between Asia and Europe. With over 2.5 billion consumers, it serves the markets of East Africa, the Red Sea, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian/Persian Gulf on its doorstep.

The container port at Salalah is being developed in different phases. Phase 1 and 2 were completed in 1999 and 2008 respectively. The scope of services for this project proposal is for Phase 3 only.

The major project elements associated with Phase 3 include but are not limited to: expansion of the existing container; constructing a North breakwater; berthing facilities; extension of the South breakwater and various in-port structures.

Furthermore, dredging of a new approach channel, navigational channel, port basin (north basin) and berthing areas, reclamation works and soil improvement necessary to create the required landforms. Sedimentation control structures.

Dredging, reclamation works and construction work Port of Salalah

One of the projected necessary works will be dredging of the new approach channel, the navigational channel, port basin (north basin) and berthing areas as well reclamation works and soil improvement necessary to create the required landforms.

The dredging and reclamation work represents a direct impact on the seabed in the designated area, which itself poses a credible threat to and/or destruction of the underwater Cultural Heritage present in the Port of Salalah area. The same goes for various underwater construction works.

To spread awareness on protecting underwater heritage in Oman, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture organised workshops in Oman in 2014 and 2015. 

Oman, Salalah project

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