The Wydra Institute of Shipping
and Aviation Research
The Israeli Institute of Shipping and Aviation Research was founded
in 1969. In October 1987 it was formally incorporated into the University
of Haifa and on this occasion renamed to honor the memory of its
founder, Dr. H.N.Wydra.
Originally the institute was located along the waterfront of downtown
Haifa close to the offices of the shipping companies and agents,
in order to enhance the relationship of the industry with the institute.
The institute has successfully maintained the functions of a research
institute and a prime information center in the area of ports, shipping,
aviation and logistics.
From its beginning the Wydra Institute of Shipping and Aviation Research
has been deeply involved in policy issues of the shipping industry,
as well as practical problems of ports, shipping operators, maritime
manpower issues and other relevant topics. The institute continues
to serve as a research and information arm of the Ministry of Transport
and other government organizations. The institute published over
150 studies, surveys and analyses of relevant transport and trade
issues that include a vast contribution in theoretical, methodological
and applied areas.
The institute issues two ongoing publications, in order to keep the
industry updated. One is an annual report, since 1975, summarizing
the developments in the various branches of the Israeli shipping.
The second is a monthly bulletin in the area of international shipping
that consists of summarized articles published in leading international
papers and magazines.
An important branch of the institute is an information center,
the core of which is a library that is the largest of its kind
in Israel. The library houses almost 5,000 books and over 2,000
researches, 200 journals and catalogs in a variety of subjects.
It serves the University students of transportation & shipping
as well as the transport and trade community at large.
It has been the Institute’s policy to operate with a relatively small
permanent staff, consisting of economists, a librarian and administrative
personnel. When needed, the institute calls upon a large pool of
scientists and researchers with specific attributes, who are recruited
on a project-to-project basis. The same policy is reflected in the
composition of the institute’s board of directors that consist of
high-ranking representatives of the shipping industry, the Israel
Ports and Railways Authority, the Ministry of Transport, and academics.