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An ocean of opportunities - Orna Hozman-Bechor, chair of the Ashdod port board of directors, on how Israel is trying to position itself as a maritime technology superpower.

The Covid-19 pandemic introduced dramatic changes in the arena of international trade. Examples include the Ever Given container ship which ran aground in the Suez Canal some months ago, exposing the degree to which world trade is dependent on unhindered and organized maritime movement.

World trends also manifested relative to Israel. Closure of air routes due to the pandemic’s outbreak and the drastically diminished number of daily passenger flights which inherently freighted cargo led to increased use of maritime options: Israel saw 3,049,000 containers freighted in 2020.