Tag Archive for Ashdod Port

Israel Port Workers Strike Prove Necessity to Open Alternative Private Ports

Workers in both Ashdod and Haifa ports said they will continue their strike on Thursday despite the court’s order to return to work.

By Moshe Cohen


Port workers intend to continue with their wildcat strike, as Israel’s main ports in Haifa and Ashdod remained closed on Thursday. The workers said they would remain off the job even if a court ordered them back to work.

Haifa port – Photo: Albatross Aerial Photography

A Labor Court judge held a hearing late Wednesday at the behest of port management, and found that the workers had no basis for a work action, ordering all of them back to work at 4:30 a.m.  Continue Reading »

Chinese engineering firm to build $1b private shipping port in Ashdod

Now that China Harbor will be developing the port in Ashdod, Jerusalem can use this new port as a bargaining chip with dockworkers’ unions. No longer will the country be blackmailed with union strikes costing Israel millions in lost revenues.

By Avi Bar-Eli


The first private port to be developed under the state’s port reforms will be located in Ashdod and built by China Harbour Engineering Company, a Chinese government-owned firm, TheMarker has learned.

Shipping containers being unloaded in Ashdod. Soon to have a rival port.

Shipping containers in Ashdod Port. – Photo: Ilan Assayag

China Harbour, which won the international tender to construct two new private ports a week ago, opted Sunday to develop the southern port in Ashdod, instead of the northern one in Haifa.

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Dutch firm says boycotting Israel wasn’t factor in port tender exit

TheMarker may have erroneously reported that at least 2 foreign companies dropped out of a tender for port construction, due to anti-Israel boycotts.

By TheMarker



A report in TheMarker on Monday stating that at least two foreign companies dropped out of the Israeli government tender to develop private seaports due to anti-Israel boycotts has been disputed by two of the companies involved.

Ashdod port.

Ashdod port. – Photo by Ilya Melnikov

Spokesmen for Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch company that did not submit a bid as expected, and the Israel Ports Company, the state-owned company conducting the tender, both denied in separate statements that Bosalis had dropped out of the tender at all.

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Israel boycott fears facilitated 2 foreign bidders to withdraw ports tender


2 local joint concerns and a Chinese company remain in contention to build the private port facilities in Ashdod & Haifa.

By Avi Bar-Eli



The deterioration of Israel’s international standing has been evident this week as at least two leading international companies bidding to build private seaports here dropped out of the government’s tender due to concerns over the political repercussions.

Haifa port.

The Haifa port. – Photo: Albatross Aerial Photography

Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch operator of ports that had submitted a proposal under the name Holland Terminal in the prequalification stage last December, dropped out shortly thereafter. More recently, Italy’s Condote de Agua withdrew after passing the prequalification process.

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26 yr-old fish farmer bitten by shark off Ashdod Port


According to paramedics who treated the fish farm worker, a shark partially removed his hand.



An approximately 26-year-old man was bitten by a shark off the Ashdod Port on Sunday.
Shark swims in Mediterranean [file]

Shark swims in Mediterranean [file] – Photo: REUTERS

MDA paramedics treated the man who was in moderate condition after the shark removed part of his hand. He was transported to Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv.The man was working at a fish farm in the area when he was bitten, according to MDA.

In February, 2012 two fisherman in the northern coastal city of Acre caught a 3-meter blue shark in their net.

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Gov’t issues int’l tenders for 2 private ports, ending Histadrut’s strangle-hold


PM Netanyahu: Gov’t can’t allow port workers to threaten Israel’s economy.

Transportation Minister Katz says program to stimulate competition, activity will reduce consumer prices.



The government issued two international tenders Wednesday for the construction and operation of two new private seaports to compete with the existing Ashdod and Haifa ports.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared the move, “the end of monopolies” at the nation’s ports.

PM Netanyahu announces tenders for new portz with Lapid, Katz

PM Netanyahu announces tenders for new portz with Lapid, Katz – Photo: Koby Gideon/GPO

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz originally announced in May that the tenders would be issued by July 1.

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Thousands of Applicants flood Ashdod Port

Reports on the phantasmagorical working conditions for Ashdod Port workers are doing their bit to herd applicants towards the port.

By Avi Bar-Eli

The reports on the working conditions for Ashdod Port workers are doing their bit, it would seem: 3,000 candidates applied within a few days for the 45 new stevedore slots at the port.

Ashdod Port

Ashdod Port, apparently quite a wonderful place to work. – Photo: Ilya Melnikov

About half a year ago the Ashdod Port Company published a tender to hire stevedores, based on anticipation of employees retiring over the next few years and growing activity at the port. Continue Reading »