ICTSI Iraq celebrates three million TEU milestone


Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) subsidiary operating at the Port of Umm Qasr in Iraq, has handled three million TEU.

The milestone was achieved during the handling of Evergreen’s ‘Ever Uranus’ and coincided with BGT’s seventh year of operations at the country’s premiere maritime gateway. 

BGT commenced operations in 2014 and now holds the record as the only container terminal in Umm Qasr to handle three million TEU. 

Since BGT started operations, ICTSI has invested more than $250 million to modernise the multipurpose terminal. 

The investments include the construction of three new berths at BGT East, rehabilitation and expansion of the three existing berths and the terminal yard, and acquisition of new equipment including three post-Panamax quay cranes – the largest in Iraq.

BGT is the first and only terminal in Iraq capable of efficiently handling 14,000-TEU capacity boxships.

Romeo Salvador, CEO, BGT said, “Three million TEU in seven years is a remarkable feat. We continue to focus on strong collaborative efforts with all our customers – the shipping lines, cargo owners and transporters – to maximise our efficiency. 

“Through efficient operations, digitalisation, and focus on safety, BGT reaffirms its commitment to supporting the country’s economy and providing world-class service to our growing customer base.”

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