Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) has set a new productivity record of 105 moves-per-hour, the highest ship-to-shore crane productivity in Iraq’s shipping history.
The new record was achieved on 26 January during the handling of the 5,652-TEU Ever Uberty, which saw BGT easily surpass its previous record of 101 moves-per-hour. BGT recorded a total of 3,084 moves in the January call.
BGT chief executive, Phillip Marsham, said the terminal is “constantly striving” to maintain its competitive edge in the industry.
“With this new record, the Port of Umm Qasr can easily compete with the largest and most efficient ports in the world,” he added.
Through a $250m investment in 2019 from parent company International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), BGT is now able to achieve high productivity levels through the development of three new berths at BGT East.
The berths feature a design depth of 14m, alongside and served by post-Panamax cranes that enable the handing of up to 14,000 TEU capacity vessels.
One part of the investment includes the upgrade of BGT’s general cargo and Ro-Ro facilities, which cover dedicated warehousing and specialized facilities for project cargo for the oil and gas industry.