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Port Overview 

The Port of Haifa is the largest, leading port in Israel. It also serves as a regional transshipment hub. The port is located in a natural, protected bay. It consists of numerous terminals, enabling handling all kinds of cargoes as well as receiving large passenger ships. The Port is operated by the Haifa Port Company, which is a government corporation committed to continue operating as a growth engine for Israel’s economy and as a source of livelihood for the tens of thousands of employees and workers in the various circles operating in the Port. 

The Port of Haifa contains cargo terminals and is capable of servicing many ships at once. A railroad freight terminal is inside the port and is used for transporting goods across the country. The port also features a passenger terminal, fishing wharf, yacht club, sports marina, and chemical terminal. The port opened the first phase in the "Carmel Port" expansion program in 2010 that involved the construction of a new cargo terminal which includes a 700m long wharf capable of handling 14,000 TEU container ships as well as the opening of a secondary 250m (820 ft) wharf plus adjacent support and storage areas. The new facilities will expand the port's annual container handling capacity by 500,000 TEU. Construction of this new terminal cost NIS1.8 billion (appx. US$500 million) and took five years to complete. 

Port website: https://www.haifaport.co.il/en/ 

Key port information may also be found at:  https://www.maritime-database.com/

 

Port Location and Contact 

Country 

Israel 

Province or District 

 

Nearest Town or City 

with Distance from Port 

Haifa 

0.3 (km) 

Port's Complete Name 

 

Latitude 

32.8213° N 

Longitude 

35.0007° E 

Managing Company or Port Authority 

 

Haifa Port Company 

Management Contact Person 

N/A 

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures 

Ben Gurion Airport 

Port Picture 

For further information: https://www.haifaport.co.il/en/terminals/ 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies 

Overseas Commerce Ltd

Overseas Commerce Ltd is an Israel-based company, which is engaged directly and through its subsidiaries in the management and operation of cargo and container terminals. The Company operates cargo and container terminals under the supervision of customs, bonded warehouses, free warehouses, and logistics services. The Company’s services include: Cargo Terminals, Warehouses, Logistics Services and Overland Transportation and Distribution. Overseas Commerce Ltd activity sites include Overseas Ashdod, Overseas Haifa and additional facilities, such as a bonded warehouse and an air cargo terminal at Ben Gurion Airport.  

Contact person: Mr. Azriel Dagan –  

Phone: 04-6430430 

Email: azi@ovrs-comr.co.il 

http://www.ovrs.co.il/155-he/Overseas.aspx 

Gesco –General Superintendence Company Ltd 

The company was established in 1932 and is the Agent of SGS Group of companies in Geneva, Switzerland, handling quantity and quality inspections and supervision of goods, materials and commodities. The company additionally offers Customs Clearing services and certification of companies to ISO 9000 standards. 

Contact person: Mr. Shlomo Gadot 

Phone: 03-5161074 

Email: gadot@gesco.co.il 

http://www.gesco.co.il/services/ 

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link:  4.4 Palestine Port and Waterways Company Contact List (Israel)

Port Performance  

Seasonal Constraints 

 

Occurs 

Time Frame 

Rainy Season 

No 

 

Major Import Campaigns 

No 

 

 

Handling Figures for 2018 

Vessel Calls 

 

Container Traffic (TEUs) 

1,469,000 

 

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018 

Bulk (MT) 

655,000 

Break bulk (MT) 

 


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

Discharge rate: Haifa Port Website - RT at Berth 

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: Haifa Port Website - Tariffs 

Berthing Specifications 

Type of Berth 

Quantity 

Length (m) 

Maximum Draft (m) 

Comments 

Conventional Berth 

 

 

11.5–15.8 

 

Container Berth 

 

 

11.5–15.8 

 

Silo Berth 

 

 

11.5–15.8 

 

Berthing Tugs 

6 

 

 

 

Water Barges 

n/a 

 

 

 


General Cargo Handling Berths 

Cargo Type 

Berth Identification 

Imports - Bagged Cargo 

 

Exports - Bagged Cargo 

 

Imports and Exports - RoRo 

n/a 

Other Imports 

Vehicles 49,543 

Port Handling Equipment 

Equipment 

Available 

Total Quantity and Capacity Available 

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage 

Dockside Crane 

Yes  

n/a 

 

Container Gantries 

Yes  

n/a 

 

Mobile Cranes 

Yes  

n/a 

 

Reachstacker 

No 

n/a 

 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer) 

Yes  

n/a 

 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines 

No 

n/a 

 

Transtainer 

Yes  

n/a 

 

Forklifts 

Yes  

n/a 

 

Container Facilities  

Facilities 

20 ft 

40 ft 

Container Facilities Available 

Yes 

Yes 

Container Freight Station (CFS) 

Yes 

Yes 

Refrigerated Container Stations 

Yes 

Yes 

Other Capacity Details 

 

 

Daily Take Off Capacity  
(Containers per Day)  

n/a 

n/a 

Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 

120 

120 

Emergency Take-off Capacity  

n/a 

n/a 

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift 
(Containers per Shift)  

n/a 

n/a 

Customs Guidance 

For information on OPT Port of Haifa Customs details, please see the following link: 1.3 Palestine Customs Information

Terminal Information 

GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING 

The grain conveyance piers serve the "Dagon" Israel Granaries Company. 
 
Grain is moved by three unloaders which convey the grain directly to the storage silos. "Dagon" Granaries have a nominal capacity of 90,000 tons and are used for the unloading, storage and onward transportation of grain by train and truck. 

The granaries are managed and operated by the "Dagon" Israel Granaries Company Ltd. and owned by the Israel Port Authority.

Three mobile unloaders, two pneumatic and one mechanical, operate on the quay where water depth reaches 13.3m. They unload grain from ships and transfer it to the grain silo by a usage of conveyer belts installed inside concrete bridges that stretch over the Port. The three unloaders have an operational capacity of approximately 1,800 tons per hour. The mechanical unloader was built locally according to an Israeli development which has since been patented in most of the world's industrialized countries and which has a capacity of some 1,200 tons per hour. The pneumatic unloaders are new and each one has an unloading capacity of some 600 tons per hour. 
Stored grain is loaded onto railcars and trucks at a rate of up to 15,000 tons a day. 
 
The silos operate 24 hours a day except for the Sabbath and religious holidays. 

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MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL 

Overseas Commerce Ltd. operates container terminals in the hinterland of the Ports of Ashdod and Haifa. Overseas facilities comprise a total area of 421,000 m2 of open and covered space. In addition, Overseas provides bonded and free storage services well as value-added services and distributions. Overseas provides management, storage and handling of goods under refrigerated conditions as well.  

Storage Type 

Number of Storage Facilities 

Bagged Cargo 

Flexible/Expandable 

Refrigerated Cargo 

Flexible/Expandable 

General Cargo 

Flexible/Expandable 

Hinterland Information 

The Port operates a new central automatic gateway for trucks, which utilize use of biometrics and other systems for identifying drivers, trucks and containers. The project includes lanes with weighing machinery for trucks; camera tracking of trucks; Internet applications that will enable on-line response to drivers’ questions and SMS updates. 

Port Security  

Security 

ISPS Compliant 

Yes 

Current ISPS Level  
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional) 

1 

Police Boats 

n/a 

Fire Engines 

n/a 

Link to ISPS Security Level for Haifa Port - February 2019