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Israel Planning to Order $23, 000, 000 Worth of Ships in Britain

An Israeli delegation will visit Britain at the end of this month to open negotiations for the construction in British shipyards of several ships for Israel, costing about $23, 000, 000, it was reported here today. The delegation is expected to be headed by A. Bar Zeev, director-general of the Israel Transport Ministry.

The Somerfin Company of Israel was reported meanwhile to have asked the Israel Government for a guarantee equivalent to 80 percent of the purchase price of two refrigerated fruit carriers, which the firm wants to order from Italian shipyards.