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Eitan Port - A NIS 3 Billion Project Among Israel's Largest Infrastructure Projects
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The Eitan Terminal in Ashdod Port was officially opened on August 2, 2005, named in memory of Lieutenant General (res.) Raphael Eitan. The project (formerly known as the Hayovel project) is being carried out by the Israel Ports Company (formerly the Israel Ports Authority) at a total estimated cost of NIS 3 billion. The facility's new state-of-the-art container terminal, modern quays, extensive storage area, and advanced technology will allow the port to address the growth in maritime traffic and, at the same time, improve service provide to its cliental – thus creating the potential for the port to become one of the leading ports in the region.

Long-Term Perspective

Israel's seaports handle 98% of the country's import and export cargoes. In 2004 Israel's ports handled 37 million tons of cargo. By the end of the next decade, annual cargo traffic is forecasted to grow to 65 million tons. Israel Ports Company has embarked on an ambitious development program in order to meet this expected growth in traffic. This program will position Israel's ports among the best in the Mediterranean, with the capability of handling the larger vessels plying the major trade routes. The company's two flagship development projects are the "Eitan" and "Hacarmel" projects being constructed in Ashdod and Haifa at a combined cost of over NIS 4 billion.

The project's first stage construction will more than double the existing port's container handling capacity, reduce waiting times and improve customer service levels. The new quay line has been equipped with modern equipment that will allow the port to handle super post-Panamax container vessels (up to 18 containers wide) quickly and efficiently. Ship waiting time will be significantly reduced, approaching the service level expected of a modern port – such that the quay waits for vessel and not the reverse. This will translate into a savings to the economy of millions of dollars a year in ship turnaround time.

Development Plan

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