International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) said the infrastructure development in the Port of Umm Qasr in Iraq allowed larger ships to call and brought significant benefits to importers in the country.

ICTSI’s subsidiary, Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), said the ability of the Port of Umm Qasr to receive direct calls from larger container vessels was boosted by the new terminal development program.

“ICTSI is pleased to take a leading role in investing in Iraq’s port infrastructure, enabling the country to connect most efficiently with global liner services. The ability to serve direct calls from large vessels delivers has reduced cost and cargo transit times, and brings other key benefits to cargo importers,” said Hans-Ole Madsen, ICTSI Senior Vice President and Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Head.

Madsen and Chief Atheal, Iraq Ports Authority-North Port Umm Qasr Director witnessed the significant milestone with the servicing of Evergreen’s 5652-twenty -foot equivalent units (TEUs) capacity Ever Useful with a length of 285 meters, beam of 40 meters, and 69,246 gross registered tonnage (GRT).

The vessel is by far the largest to call Berth 27 at BGT. The Ever Useful operates in the Asia–Middle East service, offering extensive Asia coverage and select calls in the Middle East.

Phillip Marsham, BGT Chief Executive Officer, said “BGT’s investment program is designed to match the requirements of a growing Iraqi economy and the need to accommodate ever larger liner vessels.

“The call of the Ever Useful symbolizes how far Umm Qasr has come in improving port infrastructure to meet today’s global logistic chain requirements. It also clearly demonstrates the growing confidence of container lines in the economy of Iraq and the associated container trade growth,” he said.

BGT handled 4,500 TEUs during the call, and achieved a net move rate of over 50 moves per hour with a two-quay crane operation.

The new terminal complex that will be completed in 2019, will feature a total berth length of 600 meters, maximum draught of 14 meters alongside, and terminal area of 30 hectares.

This will raise BGT’s annual handling capacity to 1 million TEUs. Supporting equipment acquisitions include the installation of three super post-Panamax quay cranes and seven additional rubber tired gantries to optimise the landside handling operations. The overall terminal design enables the handling of vessels of up to 9,000 TEU capacity.

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