ICTSI plans to double Iraq’s Basra Gateway Terminal capacity
International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) says its US $100 million expansion in the second development phase of the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) will double the terminal's container handling capacity.
Two new berths will be developed and BGT's annual container handling capacity will be increased by 600,000 TEU to 1.2 million TEU, according to the details of an expansion agreement signed by Enrique K. Razon Jr, chairman & president of ICTSI.
ICTSI said that it plans to start work immediately on the terminal, located in North Port, Umm Qasr, Iraq, by equipping the berths with quay and landside container handling systems to handle container vessels of up to 10,000 TEU.
Combined with the adjacent Berth 27, it will offer a continuous berthing line of 600 metres.
ICTSI stated that the new container handling systems will work in conjunction with “state-of-the-art” terminal operating systems and benefit from ongoing staff training and continuous improvement of systems.
“This new US $100 million investment follows hot on the heels of ICTSI’s development of Berth 27 and the rehabilitation and upgrade of berths 19, 20 & 21, a US$150 million investment,” says Enrique K. Razon Jr, chairman & president of ICTSI.
“This combined effort will, when the new facilities are completed in 18 months’ time, deliver the new facilities that are essential to support Iraq’s key economic objectives including the resurgence of the non-oil economy,” he added.
Phillip Marsham, BGT CEO, added that the new development will meet demands from shipping lines for greater capacity and upgraded port infrastructure to that they can introduce larger capacity vessels into the port of Umm Qasr.
“Since we commenced operations at the North Port, Umm Qasr, we have striven to meet the new requirements of ship owners and deliver international standard services,” he said. “Like other ports worldwide, Umm Qasr is facing the challenge of handling larger size vessels.”