Ashdod Port completes significant phase of Platform 21 upgrade

Ashdod Port completes significant phase of Platform 21 upgrade
Ashdod Port

Ashdod Port has completed a significant phase in its ₪500m (US$156.2m) project to upgrade Platform 21 to make it deeper and accessible to megaships.

At the end of the process the western side of the platform will reach a depth of about 16 m, which will allow large grain ships to dock there.

Shiko Zana, CEO of Ashdod Port, said: “Ashdod Port’s signature engineering project will upgrade the largest platform at the port and this will allow us to provide better service to the grain ships.

“Upgrading Platform 21 is a big step forward, which will serve as a significant operational growth engine, as the port company prepares for the opening of competition with the new ports in the coming months.”

Platform 21 has a total length of 850 m and will be able to serve large container ships with a length of about 400 m and a 18,000 teu capacity to dock at the port.

The upgrade will see the eastern side of the platform be deepened to around 17.5 m, reinforcing it so that it can support cranes weighing 130 tonnes.

The transfer of two 240 tonne ship unloaders and two 450 tonne general cargo cranes to the western side of Platform 21 is ongoing at the port.

The machinery is moved using specially-designed carts that are remotely operated with no personnel in the area.

This has required meticulous planning of short breaks in the port’s operations to avoid a drop in productivity.

Once the equipment is transferred, the port intends to begin unloading grain ships on the western side of the upgraded Platform 21.