Arabian Business, Monday, Apr 15, 2019 | Shaaban 9, 1440
Two million TEUs have gone through Gulftainer's Iraq terminals since 2009
UAE-based Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned
independent port operator, has registered container volumes of two million
twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) at the Iraq Container Terminal in the
southern Iraqi port of Umm Al Qasr port since beginning operations there nine
years ago, the company has announced.
Gulftainer was the first foreign investor to launch a JV with the General
Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI), and began operations there in August 2010.
The company has invested heavily to build a 376-metre berth and container
storage area within the 342,000 square metre terminal that currently has the
capacity to handle 400,000 TEUs per year.
The berth is equipped with two ship-to-shore gantry cranes, as well as two
mobile harbour cranes with a 100 tonnes lifting capacity, in addition to a
number of other container handling equipment.
ICT currently employs 250 Iraqi citizens as well as a support team of 50
Since November 2018, Gulftainer also operates the Iraq South Terminal (IST) that
features 230 metres of quay and a yard handling capacity of 100,000 TEUs per
“The latest developments at Iraq Container Terminal and Iraq South Terminal in
2018 mark impressive milestones for Gulftainer in Iraq,” said Gulftainer Iraq
general manager Nic Gray. “The company offers reliable services, fast vessel
turnarounds, competitive rates, 48-hour customers clearance, dedicated in and
out gates and an on-terminal customers scanner.”
Gray added that “in 2019, Gulftainer plans to expand its storage space by
introducing two new yards and increasing ICT’s annual handling capacity to
“In addition, the company will launch a new customer web portal, allowing for
container and vessel tracking, generating online proforma invoices and sharing
up-to-date terminal information.”