The Port agents carry out the ordering of berths, stevedoring, tally and cranes one day in advance for the first shift and during morning hours the same day for the second and third shift.
Berthing and the quantity of stevedore gangs per vessel will be decided during the daily port meeting until 13:00 Hrs in accordance with the prevailing berthing turn and procedure. The Vessel has a cancelling option for stevedores until 13:30 for the 2nd shift and until 14:30 for the 3st shift and 1rd shift of the following day.
No work on Saturdays or official holidays, those being: Passover, Independence Day, First Harvest Day, Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles Day.
Please contact us for your calendar list of all non working Holidays
Working hours in Ashdod and Haifa:
Sunday - Thursday
||Saturday -Thursday 22:30-05:00hrs
Friday or Day before Holiday
||06:30 - 13:30 hrs
||13:30 - until abt. 1.5 hrs b4 sunset at Ashdod or 20:30 at Haifa
At Haifa gangs available during Saturday for Container vessels for Eilat & Ashkelon please see separate information on their page.
Standby for moving vessels:
The Master or the person temporarily in charge of a vessel is to ensure that an adequate number of officers and crew are on board and that the main propelling machinery of the vessel is maintained so that the vessel could be moved with one hour notice. No vessel may dismantle engines or otherwise interfere with propelling power of the vessel, nor may the vessel be left unattended by responsible officers and crew unless permission to do so is first obtained in writing from the Harbour Master via the ship agent.
Turning of propellers:
All vessels are required to avoid turning their propellers when berthed in port. Vessels preparing to maneuver may contact the Port Management by VHF, through the port's look-out station and request permission before turning their propellers for trial. Turbine ships, which must have their propellers turning while berthed, should inform the Harbour Master Office in writing.
Vessels Carrying Dangerous and Hazardous Cargoes:
The ship owner must inform the port management of dangerous cargo reaching the port at least 48 hours prior to this fact, with a notice of its kind, quantity and category including, stowage plan stating location of such goods in vessel cargo compartments. (Including for goods in transit).
A vessel, which has not been freed of explosive gases, must, on nearing the port and during the time such vessels remain in port, display by day a red flag not less than one sqm and by night a red light at the masthead. A wire cable with an eye must be hung over the stem and also over the stern of such vessels and secured to the vessel to act as a towing spring in case of fire. Dangerous and hazardous cargoes shall be properly marked and a special list of those cargoes shall be on board.
The Master of a ship carrying a dangerous cargo must not dismantle, by himself or by others, the engines or reduce their power while in port unless previously permitted in writing by the port manager. While dangerous cargo is loaded and unloaded, the staff should be on alert so that an eventual immediate exit from port is possible.
The Master of a ship carrying dangerous cargo must inform the port manager of the said cargo, of damaged packing, liquid or gas leaks, as well as of any other details that might endanger loading, property or the risk of the workers' lives.
Safety Rules: Masters are reminded that all rules relating to safety, i.e. proper gangways and other passages, efficient lighting, inspection and marking of cargo gear, etc, shall be complied with.
Fire Precautions: Vessels shall have power available at short notice for fire fighting, winches, etc.
Smoking, welding, cutting; open fires, (naked lights) are forbidden:
- Near inflammable goods, whether in the hold or on deck.
- In or near to a compartments where dangerous goods are stowed or being handled.
- When the vessel is bunkering. Welding, cutting, etc, in engine rooms, heating and ventilation ducts, holds and bulkheads are forbidden unless written permission is obtained from the Port Safety Department.
Welding and cutting work in any other place is allowed, however the Port Safety Department shall be notified in writing by the ship's Master four hours prior to such work. The Master or the person temporarily in c`ge shall ensure that a suitable fire extinguisher and fire hydrant, rigged and ready, will be at the place where welding or cutting work is being done. Each work will be performed under qualified ship inspector's supervision.
Reporting of fire, collision, etc: should any vessel, while in port, spring a leak, suffer collision or catch fire, or should an explosion occur on board, the Master of such vessel should immediately report the occurrence to the port management using the port's Signal Station on VHF ch 12, 14, 16. In addition a written report is to be forwarded to the port management as soon as possible.
Security: all Israeli ports comply with the ISPS regulation, no berthing allowed for vessel not complying with the regulation.