International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has announced that Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), its subsidiary in the port of Umm Qasr in Iraq, has handled a record four million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containerized cargo since operations began in 2014. The recent unloading operation on Yang Ming vessel YM Mutuality enabled the firm to hit the milestone. ICTSI has invested over $300m to modernize and expand the multipurpose terminal at Umm Qasr. The investment includes the construction of three new berths, the refurbishment of three existing berths, the acquisition of new port equipment, notably post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes that are the largest in Iraq and the introduction of state-of-the-art systems.
BGT is the only terminal in Iraq currently able to efficiently handle 14,000 TEU container ships. Romeo Salvador, CEO of BGT, said that he was “extremely pleased to have reached this significant milestone, which is a testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of our team who have consistently delivered exceptional service to our customers”. He added that they were “proud to be the leading player in the port of Umm Qasr and will continue to invest in our people, services and port infrastructure as part of our unwavering commitment to developing Iraq’s port industry”. The capabilities of BGT highlight its position as an attractive proposition for operators looking to establish new liner services in the embattled region.
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