Officially sanctioned idleness reflects the rot at Israel's ports
Pilots who direct ships into docks are paid handsomely to be on call at home - another sign that the ports urgently need reform.
A week ago, cement imports ceased after ships arriving at Ashdod had to wait more than a week and a half. At one point, at least 22 ships had lined up to unload cargo. Five more gave up and sailed on; their goods would be brought in later from European ports at extra cost.