Haifa Bay, a new automated container port capable of handling containerships up to 18,000 teu, is open for business, allowing Israel to better connect trade with the rest of the world, including the Middle East. The new facility will be operated by China’s Shanghai International Ports Group under a 25-year concession granted by the Israel Ports Authority in 2015.
The first phase of the project, with a designed annual handling capacity of around 1 million TEU, is now operational. A second phase of the terminal project is under construction and this will add a further annual container handling capacity of 800,000 TEU.
Another new private terminal is due to open later this year in Ashdod Port as part of the Israeli Government’s port privatisation programme. Ashdod South will be operated by the TIL group, which is linked to MSC, and will have an annual capacity of around 2 million TEU a year.