Despite the challenges of 2020, Israel’s Haifa port achieved an all-time record in container traffic. Total throughput surged by 6 per cent to 1.47 million TEU, beating the previous record of 1.46 million TEU set in 2018. Loaded containerised imports rose by 9 per cent, while loaded exports were down 3 per cent compared with the previous year.
Despite the pandemic, operations continued at the port throughout the year, while the Haifa Port Company also worked on preparing for the future, implementing efficiency reforms, upgrading equipment and infrastructure, and taking forward a full privatisation process.
In 2021, the Haifa Port Company is expected to begin a substantial upgrade of the Carmel Terminal’s ship-to-shore gantry cranes that will allow the port to serve very large container ships more efficiently. Currently the port can handle ships of up to 15,300 TEU capacity and last year set new productivity records when working vessels of this type.
In addition, another significant record last year was the opening of trade between the United Arab Emirates and Haifa. Trade ties are expected to develop further over the course of 2021 generating increased container traffic for Haifa port.