Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), a subsidiary of global port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) operating at the Port of Umm Qasr in Iraq, recently handled its 3 millionth twenty-foot equivalent unit.
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 such record volume.
“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 maximize our efficiency,” BGT Chief Executive Officer Romeo Salvador said.
Salvador added BGT reaffirms its commitment to support the country’s economy and provide world-class service to its growing customer base.
$250M infused to terminal
Since BGT started operations, ICTSI has invested more than $250 million to modernize 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, acquisition of new equipment including three post-Panamax quay cranes — the largest in Iraq, and implementation of state-of-the-art systems, all of which have helped BGT maintain its market leader position.
BGT is the first and currently the only terminal in Iraq capable of efficiently handling 14,000-TEU capacity boxships.
This unique and exclusive advantage continues to help the Port of Umm Qasr attract new services, especially ones that are operated by larger vessels.