On a day-to-day basis Ashdod Port serves as a central gateway for importing goods into the Israeli market, whereas the cargo that is transported through the port includes food products, grain and essential raw materials. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis began, with air transportation becoming less relevant, the port has become even more essential.
Employees of Ashdod Port are in one of the few fields where they are continuing to work as usual, and even more than usual, with intensive work around the clock. The crews are working according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and they make sure to wear protective gear as required, to maintain safe distances between themselves and the crews of the ships arriving from overseas and docking at the port, while working in homogenous shifts in order to avoid any disruption of port activity due to infection.
Ashdod Port Company is putting a lot of effort into risk management and is preparing to continue to supply all of the needs of the market during this emergency period, in order to ensure functional continuity for the entire economy. Orna Hozman Bechor, Chairman of Ashdod Port explains: “After observing developments in other countries around the globe, Ashdod Port prepared to handle an extended crisis, subject to the decisions made by the government and in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. We are preparing to supply all of the needs of the market during this emergency period and to allow the entry of cargoes and goods in order to ensure functional continuity for the entire economy, including preparations for the upcoming holiday of Passover. Port employees have demonstrated admirable steadfast commitment and devotion to ensuring uninterrupted activity at the port, which serves as a strategic economic artery for the State of Israel ."