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China Harbour Engineering Company unit PMEC (Pan-Mediterranean Engineering) has won the tender to construct the South Port in Ashdod, Israel Ports Company announced today. "Globes" revealed last week that the Chinese company had won the tenders to build Israel's two new ports with bids of NIS 3.35 billion for the port in Ashdod and NIS 3.5 billion for the Bay Port in Haifa, and will be able to choose which of the two to construct.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-chinese-co-pmec-wins-ashdod-port-tender-1000948616
 

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Ports operation tender published

Four international companies passed the selection stages and received the tender documents.

The Israel Ports Company has published the tender documents for operating the new ports to four international companies that passed the preliminary selection stages. The request for proposal (RFP) documents are for a 25-year operating period. As part of their bids, the companies will have to submit a business plan, price bid, operating methods, and environmentally friendly operation. The deadline for submitting bids is the end of November 2014, and selection of the winning group is slated for the first quarter of 2015.



http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-ports-operation-tender-published-1000958482
 

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Very good news chaverim! The construction of this port and another one down south may have far reaching consequences for prices in Israel. Another step in helping to bring them down! Let's get some photos of this construction. :cheers:


Israel starts work on new seaport, Haifa port workers strike

A Chinese construction firm began work on a new Mediterranean port in Israel on Tuesday, prompting a strike at Haifa docks further up the coast where the workers oppose the new competition.

Israel's government, looking to break up the monopoly of two state-owned ports in Haifa and Ashdod through which nearly all exports and imports pass, recently approved creating private ports adjacent to the current ones.

The move, it says, will bring down the cost of goods across the board.

Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/28/israel-ports-idUSL5N0SN2EF20141028
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Shafir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd. and Ashtrom Properties Ltd. has won the tender to construct the new port in Haifa bay.
The winning bid was 4 billion NIS, half a billion less than the offer of the companies that came second - Shikun & Binui and Luderco.
Earlier this year this same tender has been won by the Chinese PMEC for 3.5 billion NIS, along with the new Ashdod port tender (for 3.35 b NIS), but the Chinese company was allowed to choose only one port to construct, and it chose to build the new Ashdod port.

http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1000982436#fromelement=hp_morearticles

and the English version:
http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-shapir-ashtrom-group-wins-haifa-port-tender-1000982530
 

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Dutch co wins tender to operate new Ashdod port
Dutch company TIL has been awarded the tender to operate the new private port that will be built in Ashdod for 25 years, the Israel Ports Company has announced. TIL beat German rivals Eurogate to win the tender for the new port. The port will be built by Chinese company PMEC, a subsidiary of China Harbour, and is due to begin operations in 2012.
http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-dutch-co-wins-tender-to-operate-new-ashdod-port-1001024646
 

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Israel Katz's YouTube channel posted a silly propaganda video, but it has some valuable frames showing the new port construction. Forget skyscrapers and railways, this looks like a really gigantic undertaking. Good luck to the Chinese.

 

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Israel Katz's YouTube channel posted a silly propaganda video
Why is it silly and why propaganda? Public relation yes, but propaganda?
Not everything that politicians do is bad, as it may seem when reading the Israeli press. And it's always useful to look at things from a different perspective. :)

As or the video, it's a very good, interesting and informative clip. You cannot see anything like this on Channel 2 or 10, or at Ynet site, since it can be perceived (god forbid) as an achievement of the current government . :)
 

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I really have nothing against Katz, in fact I said on this forum several times (and in other places) that IMO he's the best minister this and the previous two governments had. The video, on the other hand, is so ridiculously made that it reminds me of old socialist propaganda—photos of dignitaries and small clips that rarely show anything. They even put an old socialist song. Luckily in a couple of the clips you can really see how the project is being built, which is why I posted the video here :)
 

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The video, on the other hand, is so ridiculously made that it reminds me of old socialist propaganda—photos of dignitaries and small clips that rarely show anything. They even put an old socialist song.
What's wrong with you? What socialist propaganda? :)
It's a good old song, right on the topic. And it adds some nostalgic and humorous tone, some light touch of parody to the video. As for "dignitaries", it's a personal channel of Israel Katz, after all. Why should he hesitate showing his contribution to this project?

I can guess that you suffer from some post-traumatic syndrome after living in the USSR. But let's be a little less cynical, and stop searching for "socialist propaganda" in everything. :)

And to defuse the debate, I put here a clip, with photos of how it was then (TA port construction, 1936). The song was written in the same year.
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The Israeli super Suez Canal:

Russian with map:
https://youtu.be/JiRatbmxXIY

I hope some Israeli Anglos somehow learn of this idea and give it consideration.
It's probably a stupid idea, as with all other "alternatives" to the Suez canal.
Suez canal's capacity after the latest expansion is pretty much unlimited, and the cost to maintain the canal is pretty low.
Constructing an alternative through Israel to provide even a fraction of the canal's capacity will be an enormous construction project- probably as big as the Panama canal. It will probably cost tens of billions of dollars to construct, the maintenance costs will be enormous. As a result, the Egyption authorities can always lower the Suez Canal's tariffs in order to make sure they are lower than the Israeli canal's- in order to make sure no traffic flows through the alternative.
 

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Whether or not it will potentially be useful, the claimed price tag ($300 billion) is not something anyone will be willing to put in. It's not much less than the cost of the entire (!) US interstate highway system in today's money, with its ~80,000 km of roads, interchanges and supporting infrastructure. Not even China has that kind of money to invest in other countries.
 
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