TEL AVIV (Aug. 9)
Israeli merchant vessels sailing between Eilat and the Far East and South Africa have been warned to exercise extreme caution in the Red Sea because of recent damage to a number of ships from mines. An Israeli vessel flying the Eilat-South Africa route was allowed to sail this week, after a two-day delay. Eilat port officials are now awaiting the arrival in Eilat of two Israeli vessels, the United Kibbutz Movement’s freighter Moran, operated by the Zim Company due with a cargo of metal from South Africa, and the Zim Trieste from the Far East.
Eilat port management has drawn up contingency plans to carry out special maintenance work on the port if there is any delay in ship arrivals and departures, to keep the labor force at work during any interim period.