$250m Basra terminal-capacity investment

Basra Gateway Terminal ICTSI aims to improve cargo-handling facilities at Basra Gateway Terminal. Image courtesy of ICTSI

$250m of investment at International Container Terminal Services' (ICTSI) Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) at the Port of Umm Qasr could take annual handling capacity over 1m teu.

Second-phase investment in new infrastructure at BGT is underway and aims to improve multipurpose cargo-handling facilities to take capacity over 1m teu, maximise efficiency and make the terminal capable of servicing larger, new generation box ships.

"Our commitment to helping Iraq develop international standard port infrastructure continues to expand," said Hans-Ole Madsen, ICTSI senior vice president and regional head of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

2019 completion

The phase two expansion, which is to be completed in stages by Q3 2019 and will bring the total project spend to over US$250m, will deliver 400m of new quay with a draft of 14m, alongside a new 30-hectare yard area and a 15-hectare secure parking area.

Three post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes will be installed along the quay, and seven rubber-tired gantries (RTG) will provide powerful stacking and handling power in the yard area, enabling the handling of container vessels of up to 9,000 teu capacity.

ICTSI has also acquired a cutter suction dredger with the objective of ensuring strict adherence to the construction schedule and maintaining draft alongside the terminal's new and existing births.

In Q1 2017, BGT completed the first phase of its terminal greenfield project, which included the construction of a 250m berth and a 15-hectare yard area.

Last year also saw BGT's expansion of its service portfolio with the development of quay and yard areas configured for the safe and efficient handling of oil and gas project cargoes.

Operations at Berth 21 commenced in January, introducing a ro-ro facility.

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