As per the latest update of correspondents, the current situation in Israeli ports is stated below.
- The port of Ashdod is currently operating (albeit in emergency mode status).
- The port of Ashkelon (used mostly by tankers) is not operating.
- The port of Haifa which also include the Haifa Bay port and Israel shipyard port is operating as usual.
- The port of Hadera (mostly used by bulk carriers) is operating as usual.
Correspondents advise that Israeli Navy is scrutinizing all maritime traffic in areas around and near the port of Ashdod and Ashkelon.
Furthermore members are to note that Ashdod port authorities have issued a notification on 07-10-23 in relation to hazardous materials (HAZMAT) carried to Ashdod. The notification prescribes that any vessel carrying hazardous materials to the port Ashdod needs to obtain prior approval from the Israel’s Administration of Shipping and Ports. Furthermore any HAZMAT under the class classification groups 1, 2.1, 2.3, as well as substances in the provided link will not be allowed: https://tinyurl.com/UNgroup0523.
Authorities advise that the following procedure need to be followed in respect of the carriage of hazardous materials to Ashdod:
- Shipping agents are required to send detailed list of all HAZMAT of any type on vessels scheduled to arrive at the port of Ashdod, 48 hours prior its arrival at the port. The above applies to both container ships and general and bulk cargo ships.
- The list should include 3 reports: import, export and transit of HAZMAT.
- The list must be sent to the control room of the TOS unit, by email: email@example.com. The shipowner of its agent must verify the receiving of the list at the TOS unit via phone +972-8-8517103/247. Failure to transfer the list on time may cause a delay in the vessel’s entry into the port.
- The Shipping agent is required to remain in contact with the port’s planning unit, in order to receive information about the berthing schedule.
In case of any further queries members may contact NNPC via firstname.lastname@example.org.