By John Lee.

Philippines-based International Terminal Container Services Inc. (ICTSI) has reportedly allocated additional funds for capacity expansion at its Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) at the Port of Umm Qasr.

Rafael Consing, ICTSI chief financial officer, is quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying that this year’s capex budget of $380 million will be invested at its four ports in Manila, Mexico, Honduras, and Iraq.

(Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

By John Lee.

The largest container vessel to dock at the Port of Umm Qasr has recently arrived at the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT).

According to Container Management Magazine, Evergreen’s 5,652 teu-capacity Ever Useful, with a length of 285 m, beam of 40 m and a weight of 69,246 tonnes, called at Berth 27 at the end of August.

The magazine quotes BGT’s chief executive officer Phillip Marsham as saying:

“The call of the Ever Useful … clearly demonstrates the growing confidence of container lines in the economy of Iraq and the associated container trade growth.”

Situated in Umm Qasr, 50 km from Basra and 500km from Baghdad, BGT is operated by International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).

(Source: Container Management Magazine)

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has announced that Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) has joined the Council.

BGT is one of Iraq’s premier container and multi-purpose cargo handling facility, with a team of high-performing Iraqi and International port professionals who deliver customer-focused, high productivity and congestion-free port services to Iraq’s economy.

Situated in Umm Qasr, 50 km from Basra and 500km from Baghdad, the Terminal is operated by International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI). ICTSI is an internationally recognized expert in port construction, operation and management with more than 30 years of experience. It is one of the major maritime terminal operators in the world present in 6 continents, operating 30 marine terminals in 20 countries positioned in some of the world’s most strategic trade lanes.

Christophe Michels, Managing Director of IBBC says:

“IBBC is delighted to welcome Basra Gateway Terminal to the Council. BGT has a reputation for great professionalism and efficiency in Iraq and is managed by international experts in port operation and management. I have no doubt that BGT will prove a valuable addition to the IBBC and its growing membership in 2018.”

Investment in Iraq:

In April 2014, ICTSI signed a contract for 26 years with General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) to operate, develop, and expand the container handling facilities at the Port of Umm Qasr. Presently BGT is operating four berths with two more under construction, catering for container, general, project and RORO cargo.

ICTSI is half way through a USD 230 million investment programme, which includes rehabilitation and operation of the port’s existing facility at Berth 20 and construction of three new berths at Berth 25, 26 and 27. In 2017, BGT was extended to perform the operation at Berth 19 and 21 for general cargo and RORO cargo respectively hence helping BGT to launch itself in the project cargo for oil and gas sector business.

These investments have been supported by the introduction of state-of-the-art technology in Iraq’s port sector with BGT being the first terminal to introduce the SAP ERM system and the Navis Sparcs N4 Terminal Operating System.

(Source: IBBC)

A customised Damen cutter suction dredger, type CSD500, has been named by her owner, Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), at the Damen Dredging yard in the Netherlands.

Immediately after the ceremony, the dredger was made ready for transport and towed to Rotterdam, from where it was shipped to Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq. The dredger’s first job will be the port extension for Basra Gataway Terminal.

The blessing ceremony took place the 9th of January, when the stationary dredger received the name Ishtar – which translates as ‘Goddess of Love’.

The owner, Basra Gataway Terminal (BGT), performed the honours. Mr Phillip Marsham, BGT executive officer, said:

We are proud to take delivery of our new cutter suction dredger. We have bought if from stock for short lead times, and have added a number of options, customising the CSD making it the perfect dredger for the job.

“Our choice for this Damen CSD is due to the two separate diesel engines on board, being the main engine for the dredge pump power and the auxiliary for the rest of the duties. We see this as an important efficiency gain.

The CSD500 will work on the extension project of the Basra Gateway Terminal, at the Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq.

The terminal operator, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has started an ambitious port enlargement project. This port expansion has now reached the second phase, starting on deepening of the container terminal using the CSD500 Ishtar. It total some 400 metres of quay wall will be added to the port capacity.

Basra Gataway Terminal is supported by Dredge Maritime Consultancy for the on-site project management and project execution.

To maximise the production of the dredger, Damen added a spud carriage pontoon and anchor booms. Moreover, a fully equipped accommodation unit was placed under the operating cabin. The cutter ladder was extended for a max dredging depth of -16 metres. To ensure immediate start up on site, the delivery includes a swivel hose as well as 400 metres of floating pipe line.

Damen prepared the suction dredger for transport and arranged towage to Rotterdam. The spud carriage pontoon and the eight containers with the pipe line followed separately. The complete delivery from Rotterdam to Port of Umm Qasr is a good example of a complete turnkey package delivery of fully customised dredger with a minimal lead time.

(Source: Damen)

By John Lee.

Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has started its second phase investment in new container terminal infrastructure well underway at its Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) at the Port of Umm Qasr.

The company said in a statement:

ICTSI is unique in demonstrating its commitment to the Iraqi ports sector via large scale investment in new terminal infrastructure and container handling systems. On completion of the current second phase expansion scheme, ICTSI will have invested in excess of USD250 million, the lion’s share of which is for a new berth, yard construction, and state-of-the-art handling equipment.

The phase two expansion, to be completed in stages by Q3 2019, will deliver 400 meters of new quay with a draft of 14 meters, alongside a new 30-hectare yard area and a 15-hectare secure parking area.

Three post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes would likewise be installed along the quay, and seven rubber tired gantries (RTG) will provide state-of-the-art stacking and handling power in the yard area. The overall design provides for handling container vessels of up to 9,000 TEU capacity. Upon completion of the second phase, BGT will have an annual handling capacity of over one million TEUs.

The second phase development was triggered by strong demand, a reflection of the high service levels and modern facilities offered by BGT to shipping lines and cargo owners.

Underlining BGT’s ongoing commitment to maintaining high service levels, the latest round of development also includes the acquisition of a cutter suction dredger with the dual objective of ensuring strict adherence to the construction schedule and maintaining draft alongside the terminal’s new and existing births.

“We are listening to our customers and are proactively meeting their needs,” says Phillip Marsham, BGT executive officer.

“The second phase expansion will not only allow us to respond immediately to scale needs, but also deliver added flexibility to the whole container handling operation with diverse benefits flowing to our customers,” he adds.

In Q1 2017, BGT completed the first phase of its terminal greenfield project, which included the construction of a new 250-meter berth and a 15-hectare yard area.

Last year also saw BGT’s expansion of its service portfolio with the development of quay and yard areas configured for the safe and efficient handling of oil and gas project cargoes, allowing BGT to establish successful partnerships with the oil and gas industry.

Operations at Berth 21 likewise commenced in January 2018, introducing a dedicated roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) facility, where international standard operational practices remain.

“Our commitment to helping Iraq develop international standard port infrastructure continues to expand,” says Hans-Ole Madsen, ICTSI senior vice president and regional head of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

“We invested for the long term in fixed infrastructure since day one. We continue to receive strong and most encouraging assistance from the General Company for Ports in Iraq and other government bodies in this respect. We are confident that we can continue to build on this productive partnership to the benefit of port users and the country as a whole,” Madsen underlined.

ICTSI’s USD250 million investment in BGT will progressively deliver world-class multipurpose cargo handling facilities and unparalleled efficiencies to the Port of Umm Qasr, including the capability to service larger, new generation box ships.

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) continues its pioneering work in Iraq’s port sector with its second phase investment in new container terminal infrastructure well underway at its Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) at the Port of Umm Qasr.

ICTSI is unique in demonstrating its commitment to the Iraqi ports sector via large scale investment in new terminal infrastructure and container handling systems. On completion of the current second phase expansion scheme, ICTSI will have invested in excess of USD250 million, the lion’s share of which is for a new berth, yard construction, and state-of-the-art handling equipment.

The phase two expansion, to be completed in stages by Q3 2019, will deliver 400 meters of new quay with a draft of 14 meters, alongside a new 30-hectare yard area and a 15-hectare secure parking area.

Three post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes would likewise be installed along the quay, and seven rubber tired gantries (RTG) will provide state-of-the-art stacking and handling power in the yard area. The overall design provides for handling container vessels of up to 9,000 TEU capacity. Upon completion of the second phase, BGT will have an annual handling capacity of over one million TEUs.

The second phase development was triggered by strong demand, a reflection of the high service levels and modern facilities offered by BGT to shipping lines and cargo owners.

Underlining BGT’s ongoing commitment to maintaining high service levels, the latest round of development also includes the acquisition of a cutter suction dredger with the dual objective of ensuring strict adherence to the construction schedule and maintaining draft alongside the terminal’s new and existing births.

“We are listening to our customers and are proactively meeting their needs,” says Phillip Marsham, BGT executive officer.

“The second phase expansion will not only allow us to respond immediately to scale needs, but also deliver added flexibility to the whole container handling operation with diverse benefits flowing to our customers,” he adds.

In Q1 2017, BGT completed the first phase of its terminal greenfield project, which included the construction of a new 250-meter berth and a 15-hectare yard area.

Last year also saw BGT’s expansion of its service portfolio with the development of quay and yard areas configured for the safe and efficient handling of oil and gas project cargoes, allowing BGT to establish successful partnerships with the oil and gas industry.

Operations at Berth 21 likewise commenced in January 2018, introducing a dedicated roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) facility, where international standard operational practices remain.

“Our commitment to helping Iraq develop international standard port infrastructure continues to expand,” says Hans-Ole Madsen, ICTSI senior vice president and regional head of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

“We invested for the long term in fixed infrastructure since day one. We continue to receive strong and most encouraging assistance from the General Company for Ports in Iraq and other government bodies in this respect. We are confident that we can continue to build on this productive partnership to the benefit of port users and the country as a whole,” Madsen underlined.

ICTSI’s USD250 million investment in BGT will progressively deliver world-class multipurpose cargo handling facilities and unparalleled efficiencies to the Port of Umm Qasr, including the capability to service larger, new generation box ships.

(Source: ICTSI)

The International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has signed the Expansion Agreement for the second major development phase of the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) in North Port, Umm Qasr, Iraq.

Two new berths will be developed incorporating a 20 hectare yard area thereby raising annual BGT container handling capacity by 600,000 TEU to a total of 1,200,000 TEU.

The berths will be configured and equipped with quay and landside container handling systems so as to be able to handle container vessels of up to 10,000TEU. Combined with the adjacent Berth 27, it will offer a continuous berthing line of 600m.

Enrique K. Razon Jr, Chairman & President, noted:

This new USD100 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 USD150 million investment. Our commitment to provide international standard port facilities and services in Iraq is plain to see.

“It also represents the fruit of a positive working relationship with the Iraq Ministry of Transport, General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) and Governorate of Basra as well as other government agencies.

“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.

Other signatories to the Expansion Agreement were: Chief Riyadh, GCPI Director, and Eng. Ali Kh. Khalaf, Basra Mas CEO.

The new USD100 million investment will be undertaken by ICTSI subsidiary BGT with construction scheduled to start immediately.

Phillip Marsham, BGT CEO, underlined that the new development will facilitate the desire of ship-owners to 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. The development of Berth 27, formally inaugurated in October 2016, represented enormous progress in this respect and the current expansion project will consolidate and expand this important work. Like other ports worldwide, Umm Qasr is now facing the challenge of handling larger size vessels.”

When fully developed, Berths 25, 26 and 27 will offer a continuous 600m berthing line and 50 hectares of yard area. 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.

Hans-Ole Madsen, ICTSI Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa emphasized:

BGT has raised the bar in container handling service in Umm Qasr and Iraq as a whole. The new berths will, through both capacity expansion and the installation of modern infrastructure and handling systems, open the door to even higher levels of efficiency.

“BGT is unique in undertaking hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in Umm Qasr and as a result is able to progressively deliver a superior service to the benefit of Iraqi cargo owners, shipping lines and the Iraq economy as a whole.

(Source: ICTSI)

By John Lee.

Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has said it has increased its volumes by 12 percent over the past year, mainly due to the continuing volume ramp-up at its terminal at Umm Qasr port.

The company inaugurated the first phase of its $130-million greenfield port development at Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) in October.

(Source: ICTSI)

By John Lee.

The Philippine embassy in Baghdad has said that the recent opening of ICTSI‘s $130-million port development in Basra opens further possible opportunities in construction and the oil and gas sectors.

In a statement, Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato (pictured) expressed the hope that more Filipino companies would explore investment opportunities in Iraq.

Philippine-based ICTSI’s Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) in Umm Qasr is Iraq’s largest and only deep-water port, providing employment and training to 240 Iraqis

Enrique Razon, ICTSI chairman and president, said:

“We look forward to seeing Basra Gateway Terminal efficiently support the needs of international shipping lines using standards comparable with the region’s best.”

(Sources: Malaya Business Insight, Balita)

By John Lee.

Sweden’s JLT Mobile Computers has announced that it has successfully delivered a total of 50 JLT VERSO 12 mobile computers to the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT).

BGT, a container and multi-purpose cargo handling facility at the port of Umm Qasr, is operated by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI); it opened an extension to its facility on 12th October, with the first container lifted by one of two new ship-to-shore cranes during the opening ceremony.

In this part of the Middle East, temperatures can reach the extremes on a daily basis, so it’s essential that the computers used can withstand this environment to ensure that operations keep running seamlessly. Any interruption in service, however small, can have massive knock-on effects on productivity.

Sebastiano Cerneka, ICTSI’s Head of IT for Europe and the Middle East, said:

Basra Gateway Terminal has one of the harshest operating environments for a port terminal in the world.

“This summer, we recorded a temperature of 53°C, the hottest in the Western Hemisphere. During that time the JLT VERSO 12 computers, which are not used in air conditioned environments, kept working.

“Being able to rely on JLT’s VERSO 12 rugged mobile computers means we can continue to meet the needs of shipping lines and cargo shippers despite the extreme weather and temperatures we experience as a matter of course.

(Source: JLT)

By John Lee.

International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) has officially inaugurated the first phase of its new $130-million greenfield port development at Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) in Umm Qasr.

Iraq’s Minister of Transport, Kadhem Finjan al-Hamami, attended the ceremony along with ICTSI chairman and president, Enrique K. Razon Jr.

The Philippines-based company signed a 26-year concession with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) in 2014 to develop and operate three new berths, in addition to a 10-year agreement to redevelop the existing container terminal at Berth 20.

According to the report from Seatrade Maritime, when fully developed, the new terminal area will comprise 600 meters of quay and 50 hectares of yard area, complementing bulk and general cargo facilities at berth 19 which ICTSI was contracted to manage earlier this year.

(Sources: Seatrade Maritime, Port Technology)