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Capacity set to increase at Iraqi ports

by Edward Attwood on Mar 26, 2009


Unloading takes place at Iraq's Umm Qasr port, near to the border with Kuwait.
Unloading takes place at Iraq's Umm Qasr port, near to the border with Kuwait.

The General Company of Iraq Ports (GCIP) is working towards raising the capacity of the country’s main harbours via a number of significant development projects that will cope with the increasing number of vessels berthing there.

That’s the assessment of Abdelkareem al-Basri, head of relations and information at GCIP. “We are planning to buy equipment that will improve electricity supplied to the port, raise safety measures and deal with the pollution issues,” said al-Basri, who was speaking to the Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

The main ports in Iraq are Al Maqal, Abu Flus, Khor Az Zubayr, Al Faw and Umm Qasr, and the GCIP website has recently added a list of recent tenders available to assist with improving these locations.

The Iraqi Ministry of Transport has also announced that an Italian team will visit the country to discuss the design of Al Faw Big Port, the development of which will cost an estimated US$5.4 billion, according to Aswat al-Iraq.
 


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