Israel Ports Co. has published the first stage of an international tender for the operations of new container terminals to be built in Haifa and Ashdod, Israel.
The announcement was jointly released by Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister; Yisrael Katz, the nation’s minister of transport, national infrastructure and road safety; and Yair Lapid, Israel’s minister of finance.
The tender is aimed at global operators who will compete for a concession for the operations of Ashdod’s Southport terminal and Haifa’s Bayport terminals The new terminals are to be built on land that will be reclaimed and will feature facilities that have been designed to handle Triple E class vessels. At full construction, the terminals will have two quays with a total length of about 1,600 meters (approximately 5,249 feet), with maximum waterside depth of about 57 feet.
The winning operator will be expected to complete the terminal development and then equip, operate and maintain the facility for the duration of the contractual period. The ministers also agreed upon a mechanism that would allow for a decision during the coming three months, which would result in the development of only one of the facilities at this time.
IPC is also issuing a request for proposals for the required construction work from the seven firms that have been deemed to meet the minimum criteria to participatein that tender. The projects will include breakwater extensions and construction, dredging, reclamation and quay construction works. IPC expects to begin construction on the new facilities early next year.