Israel Ports and Railways Authority
74 Derekh Petah-Tiqva
P.O. Box 20121, 61201 Tel Aviv
Tel. (03) 512-1010
(Source: Israel Government Year Book)
Functions and Structure
The Ports Authority was set up on July 1, 1961, under the Ports Authority Law
5721-1961. On July 26, 1988, the Knesset approved an amendment to the Ports
Authority Law, merging Israel Railways into the Authority, henceforth to be
known as the Israel Ports and Railways Authority.
The law defines the Authority as a government corporation competent to acquire
all rights, make all undertakings, and act as a litigant in all legal
proceedings and a party to all contracts. The duties of the Authority are to
plan, construct, develop, manage, maintain, and operate the ports and railways.
The law stipulates that the Authority must run the ports and railways as
commercially viable enterprises. The law also specifies those matters that
require Government approval - development budgets, changes in tariffs, etc.
The Ports Authority Council is appointed by the Government on recommendation of
the Transport Minister. Of its 17 members, ten represent the public, and seven
represent government ministries.