Simatech Shipping introduces Iraq service

Simatech Shipping has launched a direct container service from Ras Al Khaimah to Iraq for the first time.
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Simatech Shipping has launched a direct container service from Ras Al Khaimah to Iraq for the first time.

The route, which involves travel between the emirate's Mina Saqr Port and Umm Qasr in Iraq, is designed to provide a faster and more frequent shipping service for exporters in Ras Al Khaimah.

"This new initiative adds to our existing Gulf services, which directly link Ras Al Khaimah with Bandar Abbas, Karachi, Mundra and Mumbai, with no delays and no transhipment via other ports in the United Arab Emirates," said Osama Hussain, deputy managing director of KGL Ports International, which operates Mina Saqr Port.

"The new shipping route will also contribute to Mina Saqr Port's expansion over the past few years, which has registered a 107% increase in cargo handling to date," he continued.

A total of 134 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) was loaded on the Sima Tina vessel last month and transported to Iraq. The vessel has a capacity of 1152 TEUs and a speed of 15 knots.

"The container terminal provides shipping lines with fast and efficient container handling operations at Ras Al Khaimah," said Mohammed Al Mehrizi, general director of the emirate's customs and port department.

"The terminal's state-of-the-art container handling equipment, which includes a security system that scans a maximum of 200 containers an hour, together with skilled terminal staff and the Navis container terminal management system, all add to the rapidly expanding emirate of Ras Al Khaimah becoming a major base for both exports and imports to support the region's shipping industry."

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