Middle East

Construction firms pull out of Israeli port tender

Cairo: Israel’s controversial port development plans have taken another turn for the worse, with local paper Haaretz reporting two out of five international construction firms have pulled out of the running to build new ports in the country.

The Israeli government has been pushing to build a couple of private ports to give some competition to the nation’s two state run facilities, a move that has infuriated local port workers who have organized strikes and demonstrations against the planned move.

Now, Dutch port operator Royal Boskalis Westminster and Italy’s Condote de Agua have pulled out of a tender to build port facilities in Israel.  [18/02/14]

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