LONDON (Jan. 31)
An Israeli shipping company has placed a 150 million pounds sterling order with the famous Belfast shipbuilders, Harland & Wolff, it was disclosed today. It is the largest single order that Israel has placed to date with any foreign shipyard. The contract, signed by Island Fruit Reefers Shipping, a British subsidiary of Maritime Fruit Carriers Ltd. of Haifa, calls for the construction of six ships.
Harland & Wolff) was Jewish, is now 47.6 percent owned by the British government. The Israeli order was described here as a great boost to the economy of Northern Ireland which has been in the throes of civil unrest. It is expected to provide employment for thousands of shipyard workers who faced a jobless winter.
The same Israeli firm is also reportedly negotiating a contract of similar size with the Swan Hunter shipyards of Wallsend-on-Tyne in northern England for another series of ocean-going cargo vessels.
The Bulgarian government has awarded the “Order of Popular Liberation” to Avram Bohor Gozes and David Asher Calderon for their “fight against Fascism and building of socialism.” Both men are from the city of Yamhol.