Iraq accommodated mainliner for first time in history

The Jordanian investing company Aloreen For Investment has announced that Iraq received a 8,000-TEU container ship for the first time in its history, thanks to rehabilitation work on its main port.
Umm Qasr is Iraq's primary container port.
Umm Qasr is Iraq's primary container port.

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The Jordanian investing company Aloreen For Investment has announced that Iraq received a 8,000-TEU container ship for the first time in its history, thanks to rehabilitation work on its main port.

The spokesman for Aloreen For Investment Ltd., Bahjat al-Timimi, said the Panama-flagged container ship MSC Rita docked in the southern port of Umm Qasr in the Arabian Gulf with a cargo of 2,641 containers, although her capacity is more than 8,000.

Al-Timimi added that the 325-meter long ship is the largest vessel ever to dock in Iraq.

The redevelopment of the port, carried out in part by Aloreen, included boosting the number of docks, increasing the depth from nine to 12 meters and enlarging the shipping channel.

In a statement, the company said the improvements help shippers to Iraq who previously relied on transshipment points at other Gulf ports, primarily Jebel Ali Port.