ICTSI INAUGURATES BASRA GATEWAY TERMINAL EXPANSION AREA
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) formally opened the first phase of its new greenfield terminal development at its Basra Gateway Terminal in the North Port, Umm Qasr, Iraq.
The official inauguration of the new facility marks the successful implementation of the first entirely foreign financed development of new port infrastructure in Iraq.
The Hon. Minister of Transport for Iraq, Kadhem Finjan al-Hamami was in attendance as Enrique K. Razon Jr, ICTSI Chairman and President, formally cut the ribbon, symbolizing the opening of the terminal after which the first container was lifted by one of the two new ship-to-shore cranes installed at the terminal.
Also present at the ceremony were Dr. Majid M. Al-Nasrawy, Governor of Basra; Mr Riyadh Swadi Shamkhi Al Hammad, GCPI Port Director; and Elmer G. Cato, Charge d’ Affaires, en pied and Head of Mission, Embassy of the Philippines, together with ICTSI senior management.
Mr. Razon emphasised ICTSI’s commitment to Iraq, saying:
“Today represents a milestone in the development of Iraq’s shipping infrastructure. ICTSI’s commitment to Iraq is evidenced in major investments in the upgrade of existing berths 19, 20 and the construction of the new terminal incorporating Berth 27. Modern and reliable infrastructure, equipped with state-of-the-art quayside and landside handling systems is critical for sustainable economic growth. We are confident the new terminal area will boost efficiency and speed the movement of import and export cargo supporting the rapid growth in Iraq’s economy.”
Phillip Marsham, CEO, BGT, noted that the fast-track development and on-time delivery of the new terminal area was facilitated by the extremely good working relationship with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) and other Iraqi government agencies.
“This,” he said, “is a special day for BGT and Umm Qasr Port, with the project completed on time. The support of GCPI and all the involved agencies in Iraq has made this possible, and BGT is now well positioned to build on the considerable progress already made in delivering high calibre services in line with international standards of operation.”
When fully developed, the new terminal area will comprise 600 meters of quay and 50 hectares of yard area. Total investment for the first phase development is USD130 million.
In addition to the acquisition of new equipment and IT systems BGT has invested heavily in the training of its workforce, drawn largely from the local community.
Summarizing the combined impact of the comprehensive investments, Hans-Ole Madsen, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa underlined:
“BGT is set to consolidate and expand its position as Iraq’s premier multi-purpose container terminal. With the investment in modern infrastructure, handling systems and supporting IT systems as well as extensive staff training, BGT will progressively raise the bar in container and general cargo handling operations in Iraq.”
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by senior representatives of the growing portfolio of shipping lines now using Basra Gateway Terminal.
ICTSI operates 30 terminals in 20 countries and is recognised to be a leading developer, manager and operator of gateway terminals of different sizes and serving extended hinterlands including cross border.
BASRA GATEWAY TERMINAL – KEY FACTS
In April 2014, Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) was awarded the concession to take over the Government of Iraq’s container terminal in Umm Qasr as well as construct a new berth. Specifically, the concession, awarded by the General Company for the Ports of Iraq (GCPI), involves:
- Rehabilitating and managing the existing container terminal at Berth 20, North Port, and Umm Qasr for 13 years.
- Constructing and managing 600m of quay and 50 ha of Yard as a new Green Field Development at Berth 27, with the first phase scheduled to be operational by November 2016, entailing an initial investment of over USD 130 million. The concession duration for the Green Field project is 26 years.
- In addition, in 2016, BGT was awarded the management of Berth 19, North Port, Umm Qasr, which is a bulk and general cargo facility.
The Expansion Area - Berth 27
- USD 130M investment with all civil works carried out by Iraqi Contractors.
- Capable of berthing vessels up to 300m and 12m draft.
- Full 24/7 working , 365 days a year.
- Two ship-to-shore quay cranes, capable of handling larger container vessels than ever before in Umm Qasr.
- Three rubber tired gantries for modern and efficient landside container handling.
- Efficient back-up power supply to ensure uninterrupted power delivery.
- Modern efficient scanner to ensure cargo security and adherence to import regulations.
- Weighbridge to ensure latest VGM regulations are followed.
- Navis N4 Terminal Operating System - state-of-the-art terminal management system to ensure superior customer service.
- BGT Training Centre with a cutting edge simulator to train staff on cranes and container handling equipment.
12 October 2016