The Maritime Experiential Museum (MEMA) component of the RWS works was given the privilege to house the Jewel of Muscat, an Omani Dhow which was a gift from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman to Singapore, forming part of the curatorial exhibits. This life size Dhow was incorporated into the design after commencement of the works, and when major superstructure were already underway. Work methods and sequences had to be adjusted to cater for the logistics receiving operations, such as landing and the internal manoeuvring of the Dhow, planning access through the building envelope, major lifting operations to its installation platform in the midst of on-going construction works.
The delivery of the Dhow was closely monitored by DPC in line with the on-going construction progress. Detailed studies and preparation works were planned in close liaison with the assigned logistics movers for the transportation and movement of the Dhow.
DPC also facilitated ‘dry runs’ in advance of its actual arrival to simulate the lifting and manoeuvring operations through very tight and limited access points / openings into the building, through to the final location to ensure that there was no room for failure, reversed works and damages to this precious gift.