Mano Maritime

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Mano Maritime Ltd
IndustryCruise line
FounderMoshe Mano
Area served
ServicesShipping operations
OwnerMoshe Mano
ParentMano Holdings Group
SubsidiariesMano Holidays
Mano Logistics

Mano Maritime (Hebrew: מנו ספנות, Mano Sapanut) is a shipping company founded by the Israeli entrepreneur Moshe Mano, and is a subsidiary of the Mano Holdings Group. It engages in shipping activities including various types of cargo ships, passengers ships and other services. The company was ranked among Dun’s top 100 companies in Israel.[1] Moshe Mano is the founder, owner, chairman and president of the company.


In the 1930s, Moshe’s father, Mordechai Mano (born in Thessaloniki, Greece), immigrated to Israel with his family when he was nine to what was then the British Mandate of Palestine along with a group of pioneers who built the Port of Haifa.[citation needed] He was later involved in the shipping industry in Israel in the 1940s.

His son, Moshe Mano was born in 1955 in Haifa, and received education in the field of shipping. In his thirties, he established a shipping company, following his father's ambition and bearing his name – Mano Maritime. Mano Maritime became an independent company, active both in cruise and cargo shipping. Over the years the company further diversified its activities as part of the Mano Holdings Group; the Mano Group now also focuses on real estate, hotels, technology and other areas.

From 1991 through the mid-2000s, during the period of the 1990s Post-Soviet aliyah, Moshe Mano collaborated with the EEF and sent Mano Maritime’s passenger ships to bring over 120,000 immigrants to Israel from the former USSR. [2]

Cargo Lines and Fleet[edit]

Capture bulk carrier

Mano Maritime is involved in various fields of the shipping business as owner, operator and manager of cargo liners. It offers services in international maritime transports, including transport services for all types of containers, cargoes and bulk freight via a dedicated fleet ships. Mano Maritime also serves as representative and general agent in Israel for the Japanese shipping company K Line, and also represents the Neptune Line shipping company in Israel. Furthermore, it acts as the local agent for various shipping lines based in Spain, Ukraine, Greece, Germany and Russia. Mano Maritime also transports coal to the Israel Electric Corporation’s power plants in Israel.

Mano Maritime owns 50% of the shares of Crown Shipping, the remaining 50% are owned by the Borchard family of England. Crown Shipping is the exclusive representative and general agent in Israel of Ocean Network Express Corporation- “ONE”. [3]

Cruise Ship[edit]

196,000 DWT - Meters 300 LOA.

Mano Maritime owns the cruise liner, the MS Golden Iris which it acquired in 2009. The ship has been described as like a "floating hotel" in Mano's advertisements, functioning as recreation centres throughout the cruise. The Golden Iris features a spa, a fitness center, sunbathing decks, a James Richardson duty-free shop, a hairdressing salon, a dining room, bars, clubs, a casino and a swimming pool.

In July 2018, it was announced that the company has acquired another cruise ship, the M/V Majesty, from Celestyal Cruises and has renamed it MS Crown Iris.[4]

During the cruise season in Israel, which usually lasts from March through November, Mano operates vacation cruises along the coasts of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and to various destinations in Europe. Among its destinations are Venice, Kotor, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Palermo, Nice, Dubrovnik, Rhodes, Crete, Larnaca etc.

At all cruise ship destinations, Mano organizes professional tours to local tourist attractions.

Ship Flag Built In service Gross Tonnage Photo
MS Royal Iris  Panama 1970 2005-2014.

Sold to Black Sea

Cruises in 2017

14,717 GRT Royal Iris.JPG
MS Golden Iris  Panama 1975 2010–Present 17,496 GRT MS Golden Iris.jpg
MS Crown Iris  Panama 1992 2019–Present 40,876 GRT Thomson Majesty.jpg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mano Holdings - Services
  2. ^ Moshe Mano: sea of love". in 100 years of achievements in Haifa metropolitan 1906-2006. Carmeli, Amos (ed.). Pirsum Neyar Publishing. 2006. p. 270-272.
  3. ^ One One Japanese shipping company will be represnt in Israel by Mano Maritime
  4. ^ "Louis: Πώληση πλοίου από θυγατρική" (in Greek). louisgroup. July 26, 2018.

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