Ever since the port was itself established, and after the establishment of the State, various plans have been suggested to increase the size of the port and to turn it into a deep water harbour. Ultimately the Israeli Government decided that the southern port of the Mediterranean would be set up at the Nahal Sorek estuary and not in Tel Aviv. When the Ashdod port began to operate at the end of 1965, the Tel Aviv and Jaffa ports were closed.
The Tel Aviv port had symbolic importance, even though it had been of little economic importance. For many years after its closure, its warehouses were used to store commodities. In the meantime, various plans were put forward to re-design the whole Yarkon peninsula area.
In 2001, Otzar Maritime Enterprises decided, together with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, to turn this around and bring the first Hebrew port back to the first Hebrew city. The port, which since the 60s had simply been the city’s abandoned back yard, was redesigned, taking into account the environment, the original buildings and the unique meeting place between the city, the people and the sea. It has now become one of the most beautiful and lively leisure and entertainment complexes in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
To the Tel Aviv Port website