The Ashdod Port Company has announced that it received the required certificates under the New Operational Queue Rules for the operation of the windows method in part of the containers’ piers. The implementation of the method constitutes a significant change and an unprecedented changeover in the level of service provided to shipping companies visiting the Ashdod Port. The Port Company estimates that the change will enable additional companies to include the Ashdod Port on their routes.
The use of service agreements under the windows method, customary in the modern ports of the world, constitutes an unprecedented changeover in the field. The method is based on a commercial agreement between a port company and a shipping company. Under this agreement the Ashdod Port Company will allocate to the shipping company a weekly time window for mooring and receiving unloading and loading services. Additionally, the Port Company is obligated to agreed work outputs, which assure the beginning and end of the work according to an agreed upon timetable. The shipping company on its part is obligated towards the port company, to fixed visits along the duration of the agreement and an agreed volume of activity.
In preparation for the operation of the windows method in the Ashdod Port for some of the Port’s piers, and simultaneously with the current operational queue, the Port Company published an RFI directed to shipping companies. The Port Company requests its clients to respond to the request, to enable it to prepare in the best way to provide the new service.
The use of the windows method enables the Ashdod Port Company to better utilize the Port’s resources and increase the volume of its activity. The method provides significant advantages to shipping companies, and makes it possible to make long term planning, and receive services at a higher level.
According to Shuki Sagis, CEO of Ashdod Port Company, “the windows agreements will bring about an increase in the volume of containers and shipping lines visiting the Port, and will constitute 50% of all of the containers’ activity in the Port. The new service is part of a continued effort to improve the service provided to the Port’s clients, which will lead to the shortening of supply time for products to our customers. The change will place the Ashdod Port as a leading regional port”.