Shaul Schneider participated in a national infrastructure panel on managing essential companies during wartime, alongside Dina Ben Tal Ganancia, CEO of El Al, and Amit Lang, CEO of Mekorot. The panel was moderated by Amir Kurz of Calcalist.
Schneider said that “Ashdod Port is responsible for 40% of Israeli commerce. The port is a critical national infrastructure, and since the war broke out we have maintained functional continuity, allowing a constant flow of goods into the Israeli market, so the economy can continue to function. We are dealing with employees who were evacuated from their homes and others who were called up to their military units, but our work must continue as part of the national wartime effort".
Regarding the threat posed by the Houthis in Yemen, Schneider said that “we are talking about the Houthi threat, but Iran is behind these attacks. This has impacted a number of ships, that must take a longer route. And there are some ships that chose to avoid our port, going to Haifa instead.
Ashdod Port is prepared to receive all the goods that Israel requires, in the event of a war on the northern front or if ships are diverted from the Port of Eilat".