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Israel inaugurates modern, Chinese built & operated Haifa Port Terminal

Israel’s continued growth and new ties with neighboring Arab countries are creating new trade opportunities for Israel and the new ultra-modern Haifa Port is well placed to become a major regional transport hub.

By Reuters  & ILH Staff


Israel has opened a new shipping port along its Mediterranean coast that will bring much needed competition to a sector plagued by delays and boost the country’s standing as a regional trade hub.

The 5.5 billion shekel ($1.7 billion) Bay Port at Haifa, which will be operated by Shanghai International Port Group, will enable larger classes of cargo ships, carrying 18,000 containers or more, to dock in Israel. Continue Reading »

US Security Adviser & Shin Bet chief uneasy over Chinese investment in Israel

US National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed security concerns to PM Netanyahu about Chinese technology and investments in Israel, particularly with Chinese companies building a new port in Haifa, where the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet would be using as a major berth for 25 years, beginning in 2021.

By Tal Polon


US National Security Adviser John Bolton raised concerns to Prime Minister Netanyahu about the use of Chinese telecommunications equipment in sensitive sectors in Israel, a US official told Reuters on Wednesday.

The senior administration official, who was briefed on talks between Bolton and Netanyahu over the weekend, said that talks addressed US concerns that Chinese involvement in certain sectors in Israel could enable intellectual property theft and intelligence gathering by China. Continue Reading »

US Navy informs officials Haifa docking may end when Chinese take over port

Retired American and Israeli defense & intelligence officials have raised security concerns over the upcoming Chinese management of the Port of Haifa beginning in 2021, as it might jeopardize U.S. Naval operations there.



WASHINGTON – The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Haifa, the nation’s largest port city, regularly hosts joint US-Israeli naval drills and visits from American vessels. But a 2015 agreement between Israel’s Transportation Ministry and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – a company in which the Chinese government has a majority stake – has raised intelligence and security concerns that are only now prompting an interagency review. Continue Reading »

NATO ships of war dock in Israel’s Haifa Port ahead of joint naval exercise

With Israel’s relationship with NATO now defined as a “partnership,” the anchoring of their ships will include meetings between senior NATO officers and their Israeli counterparts as well as a joint NATO-Israel naval exercise.



The British HMS Duncan and Spanish frigate Victoria, commissioned by NATO forces, docked in Israel’s Haifa port ahead of joint exercises.

Spanish frigate Victoria – NATO File Photo

This is the first time that the Spanish frigate has docked in an Israeli port, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit said Friday.

The anchoring of the ships will include a meeting between senior naval officers and a meeting between senior NATO officers and their Israeli counterparts as well as a joint NATO-Israel naval exercise. Continue Reading »

World’s largest Yacht anchors at Port of Haifa

Just over 470 ft. long and costing 360 million pounds, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko docks his mega-yacht at Israel’s northern port of call.



The largest-sailing yacht in the world docked Friday morning in the Haifa port, where it will be docked for a few days. The yacht docked close to the pear, near the passenger terminal, where buffers were placed between the boat and the dock because it wasn’t built to hold such massive sea vehicles.

LARGEST YACHT IN THE WORLD DOCKS AT HAIFA – Photos courtesy: Facebook/SPEAK PORT HAIFA/Erez Simone/Geodrones

The yacht is more than 470 ft. Continue Reading »

WATCH IDF VIDEO: USS George H.W. Bush drops anchor outside of Haifa port


America’s supercarrier USS George H.W. Bush, the world’s largest warship anchors 2.5 miles west of Haifa harbor due to its size.
• GHWB’s crew will have dozens of buses to tour the country and will celebrate their Independence Day in Israel on July 4.

By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff


The largest and most sophisticated aircraft carrier in the American Navy, the USS George H.W. Bush, docked in the vicinity of Haifa Port on Saturday morning.

The Nimitz-class carrier comes with a payload of 90 aircraft, including fighter jets, a spy plane, attack and rescue helicopters, and a V-22 Osprey aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Continue Reading »

The USS George H.W. Bush to dock in Haifa


The USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier will be anchored off Haifa port for the first time in 17 years, as the ship takes part in air operations against ISIS.
– The ship’s personnel will be provided with dozens of buses to tour Haifa and other parts of Israel.

By Ahiya Ravad and TPS


The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier will dock in Haifa Bay for the first time in 17 years as it heads back to the Syrian coast to take part in the air campaign against ISIS, the United States Navy said.

USS George H.W.

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Haifa Port to Receive Its Largest Container Ship Ever

Originating in South Korea, the 2M Alliance’s Gustav Maersk, will call at Haifa Port on 15th October, representing a new era of economic cooperation, where imports from East Asia are 2nd only to Europe’s.



On October 15th, the largest container ship to ever dock at an Israeli port will enter Haifa Port. The immense Gustav Maersk is 367 meters in length and has a maximum capacity of 10,000 TEU. 

Container ship approaching Haifa Port – Photo: PR

The ship is owned by the massive 2M Alliance, which is formed by the world’s two biggest shipping companies: the Danish Maersk, and the Swiss MSC.  Continue Reading »

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 »

Israel Shipyards to Transport Goods to Arab World Via Jordan

Israel’s largest privately owned port seeks to replace Syrian port, closed due to the civil war, as a Mediterranean port for goods bound for Jordan, Syria & Iraq.

By Linda Gradstein, The Media Line


The captain peered over the side of the Turkish-flagged ship at his cargo of long metal rods that have come from Turkey and are headed to an unspecified Middle East country. The crew piled into a van at the Israel Shipyards, bound for the duty-free shop at the nearby Haifa port. On a recent afternoon, ships from all over the world were docked at this Mediterranean port, carrying goods bound for Jordan, Iraq and Syria. Continue Reading »

Israel the trade gateway from Europe, via Israel, Jordan then the Arab world, truck by truck


Due to Iraqi, Lebanese & Syrian unrest, European exporters rely on Israel for route to Arab customers across the Sheikh Hussein Bridge to Jordan and then to the Arab world.

By Reuters


The hydraulic ramp of a Turkish freighter taps down on the eastern Mediterranean port of Haifa and, under a full moon, 37 trucks roll off onto an otherwise empty pier.

Goods unloading in Port of Haifa (Photo: Reuters)

Goods unloading in Port of Haifa – Photo: Reuters

In a convoy that stretches hundreds of meters, the trucks travel east across northern Israel, bringing goods from Europe to customers in Jordan and beyond.

Until three years ago the cargo these trucks carry – fruits, cheese, raw material for the textile industry, spare parts, and second-hand trucks – would have come through Syria. Continue Reading »

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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US warship refulling at Haifa Port



Capt. Randell Dykes, the Commander of the USS San Antonio says ship’s visit to Israel is a ‘well-deserved break for the sailors & Marines.’ The Capt. says the port visit is unrelated to Syria, the ship is just refueling.

By Ahiya Raved, Yoav Zitun


Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio arrived in Haifa, Israel for a routine port visit on Wednesday, the US Navy said.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio, at sea in July, 2013 – Photo courtesy: Sabrina Fine/U.S. Navy file photo

San Antonio’s commanding officer, Capt. Continue Reading »

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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