HAIFA (Feb. 19)
Communications Minister David Remez this week-end announced the first stage of a plan for the eventual conversion of Haifa into one of the largest ports on the Mediterranean Sea.
The first phase, the Minister declared, will be the construction of a new quay and the addition of grain bins and new facilities for handling passengers and for the loading and unloading of cargo. This stage will cost approximately 2,500,000 pounds ($7,000,000), he added. The present jetties will be repaired and a new one will be built with a direct connection to the Haifa reilroad yards.
Charles Crooks, member of the E.C.A. staff in Paris, has filed a memorandum with the Israel Government advising it on the most efficient and economical manner of using harbor equipment purchased from the United States in the congested port of Haifa. The equipment was purchased with funds from the American $100,000,000 loan.
The congestion in the port of Haifa is due to the present peak in the loading of the citrus crop for export to Britain and elsewhere, the arrival of a great deal of material purchased in the U.S. under terms of the loan and the recent bad weather which held up all port operations for several days. Citrus loadings are proceeding at the rate of 250,000 cases a week.