2M Makes Debut at Haifa Port


For the first time, the direct line shared by the world’s largest shipping companies – Maersk and MSC – is coming to Israel, as part of their massive 2M Alliance.

The line, which begins in the ports of East Asia, will sail directly to Haifa Port. Mendi Zaltzman, CEO of Haifa Port, said: “This is a great challenge for Haifa Port and all its workers, and we are ready to take it on.

“In recent years we have prepared ourselves to take on these challenges, and we have won full global recognition for this terminal’s ability to uphold the highest international standards.

“We welcome any opportunity to demonstrate our outstanding capabilities to shipping line decision makers worldwide.”

Gustav Maersk will enter Haifa Port for the first time on October 15, 2015. At 367 metres in length, with a maximum capacity of more than 10,000 TEU, the Gustav will be the largest container ship ever to dock at an Israeli port.

Haifa Port recently set an all-time record for productivity during one shift – a record output of 318.8 containers per ship hour was achieved by the Carmel Terminal’s six STS cranes, which were assigned to operate on the ZIM Los Angeles.

All six cranes attained excellent productivity during the same shift, with the record for a single crane also being broken when the crew operating crane G21 averaged 74.7 containers per crane hour.

Today, the management of the Maersk/MSC Alliance announced that it would indeed give the port this opportunity. From the beginning of October, the ships of the AE12TP2 line will begin calling at Haifa Port.

This line runs from the Port of Busan in South Korea, through Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, and Singapore, and from there to Port Said and Haifa Port. After calling at Haifa, the line’s ships continue on to several ports in the Adriatic: Koper (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy), and Rijeka (Croatia).

Shanghai is currently exercising its dominance in the area after being awarded a contract to operate a new port in the city of Haifa.

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