APL has announced that the Gulf Asia Express 2 (GA2) service will soon be calling the port of Umm Qasr.

The service will also make a second call to Jebel Ali during the return leg of its service rotation to Asia. These developments demonstrate APL’s commitment to continuously provide market connectivity between the Far East and Middle East.

The enhanced GA2 service is primed to offer Asian shippers direct access to the Umm Qasr port in Iraq which is only accessible through feeder services via Jebel Ali currently. With the addition of Jebel Ali to its Middle East – Asia lap, the GA2 service will offer shippers with the best in class transit time for export cargo from Jebel Ali to the Far East.

The improved GA2 service will commence sailing from Shanghai on 6 August with the following port rotation:
Shanghai – Ningbo -Taipei – Shekou – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Klang – Jebel Ali – Umm Qasr – Jebel Ali – Port Klang – Hong Kong – Shanghai

(Source: APL)

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has announced that Field Energy Services (FES), one of Iraq’s leading oil and gas service providers, has joined the Council.

Established in 2008, FES is an Iraqi registered company who supply a diverse range of products, services and logistical support to companies operating across the energy supply chain in Iraq. FES offers comprehensive, high-valued technical, industrial, trading, logistical, life support, training, construction and engineering solutions.

FES work on multiple fronts to help accelerate the development of the country’s oil and gas industry, including the opening of a dedicated repair and maintenance facility, building two highly secure and fully integrated business parks, and a world-class vocational training centre.

Field Energy Services represents international principals and partners in Iraq through its subsidiary, Al Majal Commercial Agencies, and is an approved supplier to leading international oil companies (IOCs), national oil companies (NOCs), and international Engineering, Procurement and Construction companies (EPCs).

Together with their partners, FES offer a wide spectrum of products and services to the energy industry, ranging from the repair and maintenance of rotating equipment to offering customized warehouses and offices, and creating internationally accredited and customized vocational training courses to oil and gas companies operating in Iraq.

(Source: IBBC)

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has announced that OILSERV has joined the Council.

OILSERV is an independent Oilfield Service Company founded with the purpose of providing world class solutions to clients operating across the Middle East and North Africa.

OISERV’s comprehensive range of business lines covers the full life cycle of oilfield services, from exploration drilling and logging to constructing surface production facilities, and from integrated project management to end-of-life field production and maintenance.

Their technical experts, working in close collaboration with the Integrated Oilfield Services team, enable OILSERV to the be a highly effective drilling and work-over turnkey partner for their clients.

OILSERV has been actively supporting the Iraqi Oil and Gas industry since its inception and has become a key contributor to the communities where it operates as well as recruiting and developing hundreds of graduates from local university and technical colleges.

(Source: IBBC)

By John Lee.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has published its annual report and accounts for 2017 to 2018, in which it lists three export projects supported in Iraq:

  • Enka UK Construction Ltd received letter of credit guarantees and supplier credit totalling £87,910,650 for the construction of a gas-fired power plant for Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity;
  • GE Global Services GMBH received buyer credit and direct lending totalling £87,211,216 for the construction of a gas-fired power plant for Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity;
  • Fortress Diagnostics Ltd received export working capital of £112,258 to supply healthcare equipment to Iraq’s Ministry of Health.

(Source: UK Govt)

By John Lee.

Fly Erbil, Iraq’s only Kurdish airline, successfully completed its first scheduled flight on Monday.

The plane set off from Erbil International Airport en route to Stockholm in Sweden.

The airline’s administrative director Ahmad Jamal told AFP that Fly Erbil currently has three planes and plans to increase to 10 in the future.

Other destination served include Gothenburg (Sweden), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Birmingham (UK), Kiev (Ukraine) and Nuremberg (Germany).

(Sources: AFP, Fly Erbil)

New pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers in transit, mean that Jordan’s deep-water Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), located on the Red Sea, is now a realistic alternative maritime gateway for Iraq-bound cargo, APM Terminals said in its press release.

Containers imported into Iraq will no longer have to be trans-loaded onto new trucks as they cross the Jordanian/Iraqi border.

“The Aqaba Container Terminal has been working hard over the years to develop a competitive gateway to Iraq,” says ACT Managing Director Steven Yoogalingam. “This will enhance the already strong Iraqi port system and gives the business communities of both countries a fantastic transportation system to better support economic development in the region.”

Ideally located, the ACT is 550km – or 36 hours by road – from the Iraqi border town of Traibil and 48 hours from Baghdad. This development comes as the volume of Iraqi imports experience rapid growth – 86% last year alone.

The ACT is a joint venture between ADC, the Jordanian Government’s development arm for the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, and APM Terminals, which manages the facility. It is the second–busiest container facility on the Red Sea after Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

A terminal expansion project completed in 2013 added 460 meters to the existing quay to create a total length of 1 km and increased the annual container throughput capacity to 1.3 million TEUs.

Iraqi imports grew by 86% in 2017 to $36.5 billion – the leading sources being China, Turkey, Iran, South Korea and the United States, with food, medicine and manufactured goods the primary products.

(Source: APM Terminals)

By John Lee.

Sharjah-based Ducorr has reportedly completed the design and deployment of a cathodic protection system for Shell’s Majnoon oil field.

Construction Week Online quotes company sources as saying that the flowlines were buried in very corrosive soil, hence the need for protection.

(Source: Construction Week Online)

By John Lee.

Newtechnic, which describes itself as a world leader in building engineering technology, has reportedly won the contract to design the facade and oversee the co-ordination and construction of the new Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) building in Baghdad.

According to New Civil Engineer, the building, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), will be 172m high and will stand on a 200m by 100m podium.

Chief Executive Andrew Watts said he will deploy UK- and US-based design-engineering teams to work on the project, which is expected to be completed by 2021.

More here.

(Source: New Civil Engineer)

Milaha Launches First Ever Container Feeder Service Between Qatar and Iraq

Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate, has announced the launch of a direct container feeder service between Qatar and Iraq.

The new service, which will be an expansion of the existing Qatar-Kuwait service that the company launched last year, will follow a Hamad Port-Umm Qasr (Iraq)-Shuwaikh (Kuwait)-Hamad Port rotation, and will be initially served by one vessel with a 1,015 TEU capacity and 110 reefer plugs.

The service will have a transit time of 2 days, making it particularly ideal for dry and refrigerated food stuff, consumer electronics, and construction materials, among other cargo. The first vessel will depart from Hamad Port on 7 May 2018 and reach at Umm Qasr Port on 9 May 2018.

Commenting on the launch of the new service, Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said:

“There has been excellent demand on the Qatar-Kuwait service that we launched last year, and we have been looking at ways to further expand that service to give our Iraqi clients and partners more convenience through greater port coverage and reduced transit times. This new service will contribute to the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, and will also help boost the growing trade and economic relations between Qatar and Iraq.”

(Source: Milaha)

By John Lee.

Saudi Arabian food producer Goody has signed an agreement to become the first Saudi food firm to supply the Iraqi market in nearly 30 years.

The Jeddah-based company plans to supply pasta, dates, chilled coffee, burgers, tuna and canned fruits to Iraq.

It is part of the Basamh Trading and Industries Group.

(Source: Goody)