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Volume :36 Issue : 1 2009      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Evaluation and rehabilitation of Shuwaikh port in Kuwait

Auther : M. N. HAQUE* AND H. AL-KHAIAT**

*Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat, Kuwait. 

E-mail:  naseer@kuniv.edu.kw

**Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat, Kuwait. 

E-mail:  khayat@kuniv.edu.kw

 

 

ABSTRACT

 

Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait, which was put into operation in 1960, has had no systematic maintenance regime in place and neither a planned and major repair undertaken since commissioning of the port.  Accordingly, the process of degradation and deterioration of the whole of the infrastructure of the port was becoming obvious and apparent.  The preliminary visual inspection of the port indicated widespread cracking, spalling and corrosion of reinforced concrete elements.  Subsequently, a number of destructive and non-destructive tests were undertaken for the rehabilitation work to be undertaken.  This paper reports the investigation undertaken and presents the results of the above testing and the rehabilitative measures recommended to the Kuwait Port Authorities (KPA).

 

Keywords:  Visual inspection, destructive and non-destructive testing, port rehabilitation, marine exposure.

 

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