ICTSI opens new Basra Gateway Terminal at Umm Qasr
International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) opened the first phase of the new green field terminal at the Port of Umm Qasr in October 2016 through Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), its wholly owned subsidiary.
The expansion will boost the port's efficiency with added cargo handling capacity and modern, reliable and state-of-the-art infrastructure. The first phase saw US $130m invested, which is jointly funded by ICTSI and the Iraqi Government making it the first-of-its kind investment in Iraq to receive completely foreign funding.
The development is a part of a long-term contract signed in 2014 by ICTSI with General Company for Ports of Iraq to operate, develop and expand the Umm Qasr Port, which is the main gateway to the Iraqi market.
The Umm Qasr Port is owned by the Iraq Government, which awarded the concession to manage, operate and rehabilitate the port's facilities to BGT.
The contract involves renovating and managing the existing container terminal at Berth-20 for a period of 13 years and construction of a new cargo terminal at Berth-27 and its management for 26 years.
BGT also received a contract in 2016 to manage Berth-19, which is a bulk and general cargo facility.
The Umm Qasr Port expansion includes construction of a new container and general cargo terminal on a greenfield site at Berth-27, located opposite the existing Berth-20.
It includes development of a 600m-long quay with a 12.5m dredged depth, which is consistent with existing berths in the port. A 50ha container yard with a capacity of 900,000TEU is also being constructed at the berth. The storage yard will be a mixed-use facility used for both general cargo and containers.
Other facilities to be constructed for supporting operations at the terminal include operations and administrative BGT offices, authority offices, dedicated project cargo offices, gate house structures, intermodal yard, and truck waiting and parking area outside the container yard.