Eurogate to enter race to operate Israeli ports

  • German operator will bid for Haifa & Ashdod tenders, according to Israeli media

German port operator Eurogate is set to enter the race to run Israel’s two new container terminals in the port cities of Haifa and Ashdod.

According to Israeli Newspaper TheMarker, Eurogate will submit its application for the prequalification round before the month is out.

Gunther Bonz, who is on the managerial board at Eurogate, told TheMarker that the location of the proposed Israeli ports lies at the heart of the company’s interest due to their unique access to a prosperous and stable market. Bonz added that Eurogate remains unconcerned by both the labour and geopolitical issues in the region.

The Israel Ports Company (IPC) issued an international tender for two new container terminals in Haifa and Ashdod on a build-operate-transfer basis in July.

The tender is aimed at global operators who will compete for a concession for Ashdod’s Southport terminal and/or Haifa’s Bayport terminals.

Built on reclaimed land, both terminals, costing US$1 billion, will feature container handling facilities to accommodate Triple-E class vessels, and will boast quay walls measuring 1,600 metres and berths with a depth of 17.3 metres.

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