HAMBURG (Jul. 24)
A 900 ton cargo vessel built as German reparations for Israel was launched here yesterday. This is the second vessel turned over to Israel as reparations that slid down the ways at a Hamburg shipyard in one week. The earlier one was the Zion, 10,000 ton passenger-cargo vessel, the largest merchant vessel to fly the Israel flag.
The 900 ton freighter, named the Askelon, is 207 feet long and will be able to carry in excess of 1,000 tons of cargo. It will be placed in Mediterranean coastal service by the Zim-Shoham lines, its new owners.