Israel Ports Reformer Leaves Post

Yoav Zuckerman, in charge of developing two new private seaports, resigns following completion of planning process.

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Shipping containers in Ashdod Port.
Shipping containers in Ashdod Port.Credit: Ilan Assayag

Yoav Zuckerman, who for the past six years has been vice president in charge of development at the Israel Ports Company, announced his resignation from the job last weekend.

Zuckerman was one of the architects of the IPC’s strategic master plan, which was approved by the government in 2007 and centers on the future construction of two private seaports: one in Haifa Bay and another in the southern city of Ashdod. The government authorized the IPC to build the two commercial facilities to encourage competition with existing state-owned ports.

In recent years Zuckerman was charged with approving the plans for the new port projects and the regulatory measures required for their construction. In the coming days the IPC is expected to announce the winners of the international tender for building the two ports, at an estimated cost of 7 billion shekels (about $2 billion).

Zuckerman informed the transportation and finance ministers in recent days of his intention of embarking on a new career. He told senior officials in the ministries that he made his decision after the development plans for the new ports were approved by the requisite planning institutions and by the government, and after management of the project was transferred to professional engineering bodies.

Zuckerman, 42, the son of Prof. Ben-Ami Zuckerman who once headed the capital market in the treasury, served in the past as an adviser on corporate matters to former Transportation Minister Amnon Lipkin-Shahak. In 2002 he was appointed corporate secretary of the Israel Ports Authority and coordinated the staff work that led to the reform in the Israeli ports and the railway. In 2004 he won a Wexner Fellowship and went on to complete a master’s degree at Harvard University.

The IPC confirmed the details of his departure, and said: “We thank Zuckerman for his contribution and wish him success in the future.”

Plans for the new ports.

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