Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI)’s subsidiary operating at the Port of Umm Qasr in Iraq, recently handled its three millionth TEU. The milestone was achieved during the visit of Evergreen’s Ever Uranus and coincided with BGT’s seventh year of operations at the country’s main maritime gateway.
“Three million TEUs in seven years is a remarkable feat,” said Romeo Salvador, BGT Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to focus on strong collaborative efforts with all our customers, including shipping lines, cargo owners and transporters, to maximise our efficiency. Through efficient operations, digitalisation and a focus on safety, BGT is reaffirming its commitment to supporting the country’s economy and providing world-class services to our growing customer base.”
Since BGT started operations in 2014, ICTSI has invested more than US $250 million to modernise the multipurpose terminal. This includes the construction of three new berths at BGT East, the rehabilitation and expansion of the three existing berths and the terminal yard and the acquisition of new equipment, including three post-Panamax quay cranes, which are the largest in Iraq.
BGT is the first, and currently the only terminal in Iraq capable of efficiently handling 14,000TEU capacity containerships. This unique advantage continues to help the Port of Umm Qasr attract new services, especially ones that are operated by larger vessels.