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Israel’s Merchant Fleet to Be Doubled; Has Sufficient Oil Tankers

Israel’s tanker fleet is now able to haul all the petroleum needed to meet domestic requirements in Israeli ships, it was announced here by a spokesman of the Zim-Israel. Navigation line. There is a possibility of further development of the banker fleet if the new Eilat-Haifa oil pipeline is operated at full capacity, he added.

By the second half of 1961, Israel’s merchant fleet will have a total tonnage of 685,000 tons, half of which will consist of vessels now on order in shipyards in Europe and elsewhere, the spokesman revealed. Zim now employs 1,700 seamen, but the number will be doubled with the development of the merchant navy, he said.

Discussing the Israel-Far Eastiline, he said that interference by the Egyptian dictator with the ships sailing on it would not cause its cancelation. He concluded by calling for a large-scale training program for seamen.