Israel Shipyards

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Israel Shipyards Ltd.
Type Privately held limited company Previously a Government-owned corporation
Industry Shipbuilding, Defence
Founded 1959
Headquarters Haifa, Israel
Key people Samy Katsav (Chairman since 1995), Avi Shahaf (General Manager since 1995)
Products Missile boats, Patrol Boats, Tugboats, Multipurpose Boats and Cranes
Revenue  148 million (2007)
Employees 378 employees
Website Israel Shipyards

Israel Shipyards is one of the largest shipbuilding and repair facilities in the eastern Mediterranean.[1] The company also operates the first and only privately owned port in Israel. The company’s facilities are located at the Kishon Port (part of the Port of Haifa complex) include a floating dry dock with 20,000 tons of lifting capacity and a 900 meters long wharf with 12 meters of water depth.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1959 by the State of Israel to build both military and civilian ships, and to provide marine engineering upgrade, maintenance and repair services. In 1995, following years of underperformance and continued losses under state ownership, the company was privatized and sold to a group of local investors who, since 1998, have returned it to profitability.[2]

Today Israel Shipyards is controlled by the Shlomo Group (TASE:SHLD), a holding group owned by businessman Shlomo Shmeltzer.[2]

Products and services[edit]

Naval vessels[edit]

Missile boats[edit]

Patrol boats[edit]

Merchant vessels[edit]

Ship repairs[edit]

The Shipyards has capability and experience to design and execute project such as:

  • Damage repair of merchant ships
  • Jumboizing of container ships
  • Conversion and modification of cargo vessels
  • Repairs and maintenance of merchant and Naval vessels

Industrial structures[edit]

The company uses its facilities to build and deliver non-ship related commissions; recently completed projects include:

  • Panamax and Post Panamax container cranes
  • Harbor construction and cargo handling installations
  • Coal unloading steel piers and cranes for the Orot Rabin power plant
  • Industrial large pressure vessels
  • Potash storage and loading installation
  • Jet bridges for Ben Gurion International Airport's terminal 3

List of ships built by Israel Shipyards (partial list)[edit]

Name Class Built For Launched Fate Image
INS Nitzachon (Victory) Sa'ar 4-class missile boat  Israeli Navy July 1978 Redirected to anti-submarine warfare Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Israeli Navy Preparing for Flotilla Operation (4).jpg
INS Atzmaut (Independence) Sa'ar 4-class missile boat  Israeli Navy December 1978 Redirected to anti-submarine warfare
INS Moledet (Homeland) Sa'ar 4-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1979 Redirected to anti-submarine warfare, sold to Sri-Lanka in 2000 as SLNS Suranimala.
INS Komemiyut (Sovereignty) Sa'ar 4-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1980 Redirected to anti-submarine warfare, sold to Sri-Lanka in 2000 as SLNS Nandimitra
INS Aliya (Homecoming) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy July 1980 Refitted and sold to Mexico in 2004 as ARM Huracán
INS Geula (Salvation) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy October 1980 Refitted and sold to Mexico in 2004 as ARM Tormenta
INS Romah (Halberd) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1981 Active
INS Keshet (Bow) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1982 Active
INS Shlomit Zivanit class hydrofoils missile boat  Israeli Navy 1983 Sold for scrap metal in September 1991 due to technical unreliability
INS Hetz (Arrow) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1991 Active INS Hetz.JPEG
INS Tarshish Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1995 Sa'ar 4-class built in 1974 and converted to Saar 4.5 class in 1994, Active
INS Kidon (Lance) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1995 Sa'ar 4-class built in 1974 and converted to Saar 4.5 class in 1994, Active
INS Yaffo (Jaffa) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 1998 Sa'ar 4-class built in 1974 and converted to Saar 4.5 class in 1998, Active
INS Herev (Sword) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 2002 Active
INS Sufa (Storm) Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Israeli Navy 2003 Active
ΛΣ-060 Offshore Patrol Vessel  Hellenic Coast Guard December 2003[3] Active Hellenic Coast Guard PLS-060.jpg
ΛΣ-070 Offshore Patrol Vessel  Hellenic Coast Guard February 2004 Active
ΛΣ-080 Offshore Patrol Vessel  Hellenic Coast Guard April 2004 Active 20071011-Saronikos-PLS060.jpg
ARM Huracán Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Mexican Navy 2004 Active Israel mexico navy ceremony.jpg
ARM Tormenta Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat  Mexican Navy 2004 Active
Bulk freighters A commercial customer 2008 A 90m long 15m meters wide bulk freighters
Bulk freighters A commercial customer 2009 Active
Bulk freighters A commercial customer 2009 Active
Bulk freighters A commercial customer 2010 Active
SHALDAG MK-II Shaldag class fast patrol boat  Israeli Navy Active
SHALDAG MK-III Shaldag class fast patrol boat  Israeli Navy Active
SHALDAG MK-II Shaldag class fast patrol boat  Equatorial Guinea Navy 2005 Two Shaldag Mk II fast patrol boats constructed in 2004 and delivered in 2005.[4]
SHALDAG MK-III Shaldag class fast patrol boat  Sri Lanka Navy Active
SHALDAG MK-III Shaldag class fast patrol boat  Nigerian Navy[5] Active

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moving Up to Warships? Israel Shipyards Hopes for Big Step in Technology", Defense News, 20 July 2009
  2. ^ a b Shlomo Group Profile, retrieved 2010-04-04 
  3. ^ "Israel Shipyards building 3 patrol boats to protect Athens Olympics". Globes. 15 December 2003. 
  4. ^ "Equatorial Guinea Navy (Equatorial Guinea), The market - Middle East and Africa", Jane’s, retrieved 2010-04-16 
  5. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/200909100306.html

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