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ICTSI to Invest $130m in Port Deal

By John Lee.

The Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) said on Thursday that it signed a contract with General Company for Ports of Iraq, agreeing to operate, develop and expand the Port of Umm Qasr.

In a stock exchange filing, the company said the contract grants it the right to manage and operate the existing container facility at Berth 20 for a 10-year period. It will also build, under a build-operate-transfer scheme, a new container and general cargo terminal in the port for a 26-year concession period, and provide container and general cargo terminal services in both components.

It will invest $130 million in the first phase of the deal.

Reuters reports that the port has 21 berths, with container throughput totalling 500,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU), in 2013.

It said the expansion project would involve an initial 200 meters of quay with an estimated capacity of 300,000 TEUs.

The capacity will expand to 900,000 TEUs when the facility is fully developed with 600 meters of quay, ICTSI said.

(Source: Reuters)

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After Port Bombing, Basra Gov’r Sees Price to Pay

By Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

The truck bomb that exploded on Aug. 17 at dock No. 17 of the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr located on the Arabian Gulf surprised Iraqi political and security circles. Although the human losses were limited, the operation constituted a serious and exceptional breach of Iraqi security, and suggested that al-Qaeda seeks to cut off Iraq’s only economic gateway to the sea.

The governor of Basra, Majid al-Nasrawi, who belongs to the Basra First coalition and managed to seize the headship of Basra’s provincial council from the State of Law Coalition after the April 20 elections, told Al-Monitor that “his city is paying the price for the political differences in the country.” He added that “the security information [available] indicates that vital installations in Basra, a key strategic area for import and export in Iraq, are under threat of being targeted.”

Although the political class in Iraq does not openly say that the security situation is being exploited for political purposes, all parties fear that the security escalation would be invested against them politically.

Basra’s governor says that his [local council] “will not bear the results of the security deficiencies, since it had demanded that security powers fall within its jurisdiction, as the [central] government in Baghdad insists on managing the security file.”

Nasrawi said that he holds Baghdad responsible for any new security breach, especially given the available information which confirms that al-Qaeda is directing its compass towards Basra. Up to 90% of Iraqi oil runs through the ports of Basra, and a similar percentage of Iraqi commercial traffic with the world passes through it. It also includes a number of major oil wells, which provide Iraq with about 80% of its oil.

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Blast at Umm Qasr Commodities Port

By John Lee.

Reuters reports that an unexplained blast occurred at Umm Qasr commodities port on Saturday.

It was not immediately what the cause of the blast was, or whether it had affected imports and exports.

The port does not handle crude oil shipments.

(Source: Reuters)

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Piers, Dredging Opportunity at Umm Qasr

Solicitation Number: W912ER-13-R-0050

Agency: Department of the Army

Office: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Location: USACE Middle East District

Solicitation Number: W912ER-13-R-0050

Notice Type: Presolicitation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) Middle East District intends to solicit names of construction firms experienced in working in the Middle East region who are interested in submitting a firm-fixed price offer for this project.

PROJECT SCOPE: This project includes the following elements:

a. Design and construct a floating pier, approximately 165m in length, for berthing of vessels with draft of up to 6 meters. This new pier will connect to an existing fixed concrete pier by means of a new ramp or gangway that is included in this design-build contract. The proposed pier will include utility connections to existing or future infrastructure to include electrical shore power connections, compressed air, fresh (non-potable) water, fuel lines and lighting.

b. Design and construct supporting facilities for the floating pier. These Supporting facilities include electrical, water and fuel infrastructure, transformers, site work, a paved road connecting the pier to existing road infrastructure and drainage.

c. Design and execute an initial dredging operation from the boundary of the commercial port to the southern border of Iraq as shown in the attached figure. The approximate dredging area is 300,000 square meters and the approximate volume of dredged material to be removed is 900,000 cubic meters, including a 1.0 meter overdredge tolerance. The contractor will construct a dredged materials disposal area in an authorized location adjacent to the dredging area. The contractor will provide a dredged material disposal system that allows for dredging operations with no interruption of navigational traffic in the existing nearby channels.

d. For one entire year, after the initial dredging is complete, the contractor will provide maintenance dredging to maintain the required design depth. The contractor will prepare and provide an engineered maintenance dredging plan and schedule which satisfies the maintenance dredging requirements.

As part of the design effort, the contractor must prepare a detailed project site conditions report. This report shall include the results of several studies and investigations of the project area, including (but not limited to) geotechnical studies, navigational studies, a hydrographic survey and a bathymetric survey.

The anticipated period of performance is 365 calendar days for the Project. A firm fixed price contract will be awarded to a prime construction contractor. The magnitude of the project is between $10,000,000 and $25,000,000.

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BIC Licenses Cement Factory in Umm Qasr

By John Lee.

The Basra Investment Commission has licensed a cement factory in Umm Qasr, according to a report from Aswat al-Iraq.

The $26-million project will have a production capacity of 3,000 tons of cement per day.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

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VSE Wins $38m Order from Iraqi Navy

By John Lee.

VSE Corporation has reported that its International Group has received a $37.6-million order to provide engineering and training services to the Iraqi Navy in Umm Qasr.

The delivery order is for the continuation of work performed under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Naval Ship Transfer and Repair (N*STAR) contract through the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) International Fleet Support Program.

Under this delivery order VSE will provide engineering and training services in support of the Iraqi Navy in Umm Qasr over a three-year period. Services will include repair and maintenance training for various classes of ships and patrol boats supporting Iraqi naval security.

VSE and our entire N*STAR Team are proud to continue our FMS work for the US Navy and our allies,” said International Group President Harry Flammang (pictured). “We are very pleased the Government of Iraq has made the decision to continue this highly successful program. We appreciate seeing our work recognized for the benefit it brings to our client navies, especially in the increased operational availability of their ships.

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Maersk Line Establishes Iraq Presence

Maersk Line has opened a new branch in the port of Umm Qasr, in the Basrah region of Iraq.

Until very recently Iraq was seen as being too dangerous for Maersk Line to risk opening an office. Thankfully conditions are changing, and Maersk Line is determined to do its bit to both capture business for itself and facilitate growth in the local economy.

• Maersk Line in Iraq has a dedicated feeder, 80% reliability, fixed berthing, and unmatched (expandable) reefer capacity

• Maersk Line aims to ride the economic growth in Iraq and promote our competitive products and services

Positioning itself in a high growth market, Maersk Line opened a branch office in Iraq in January 2012. This strengthened its sales presence in a region where the value of goods and services produced is expected to grow by 8.6% this year. Maersk Line is currently the fifth biggest player in Iraq, having doubled its market share this year to between 10% and 12%.

Maersk Line’s new branch is in the port of Umm Qasr, in the Basrah region of Iraq. The port is central to trade in Iraq, with containers arriving from all over the world. Iraq is still not an easy place to do business, and there are still the inherent risks of working in a new and delicate democracy. Ayad Sultan, the first external sales representative, admits this risk is the main challenge of working in Iraq in general and that Umm Qasr is “no exception.”

Setting up an office in Umm Qasr will provide a dedicated team on the ground so customers in and out of Iraq will feel more secure in knowing they have a business partner they can highly depend on.

Providing back office support, third-party agent Inchcape Shipping Services in Umm Qasr will handle documentation and cash services to Maersk Line customers.

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Weekly Security Update for 9th May 2012

There was a slight rise in the number of attacks recorded in Iraq last week but the overall number of casualties fell from the previous week. At least 26 people were killed and 62 injured in nationwide incidents. A total of 31 bomb attacks left 11 people dead and 57 injured while small arms fire left 10 people dead and five injured. One person was kidnapped in Kirkuk, while a captive woman was freed in a police operation in Umm Qasr. The bodies of several more people were found abandoned in various other parts of the country.

Mosul remained one of the most violent parts of the country last week. Ta’mim province saw far fewer incidents, although a mechanic was kidnapped in the province and security was heightened in Kirkuk ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Maliki. In the normally secure region of Kurdistan there were two points of note. A personal dispute between two civilians escalated into a gunfight in Arbil, which left one person dead and the other injured. The region sees very little violence, but there is a high distribution of firearms and related incidents are still relatively common. A protest also took place in Arbil on 8 May following the publication of an article by a local paper deemed offensive to Islam by many local residents. Protesters clashed with the security forces, although there were no significant casualties reported.

Weekly Attacks in Iraq - the last 6 months

Apart from Mosul, last week’s violence in Iraq was concentrated in and around Baghdad, Fallujah, Ba’qubah and Tuz Khurmatu.  Salah ad-Din province is currently seeing the majority of attacks, although conditions slightly worsened in the capital last week as well. Anbar and Diyala province remain relatively equal in terms of violence, although tensions appear to be on the rise in Diyala in particular, with local residents concerned at gradually rising militancy and localised tensions.

There was a spate of small bomb attacks in southern cities last week. They have not caused any casualties but appear to have been aimed at intimidating political figures rather than killing members of the security forces or civilians indiscriminately. While the region is far quieter than central and northern parts of the country it evidently still hosts violent militant organisations with the intent and means to use violence for political purposes. While casualties remain highly infrequent this recent trend does not bode well for the longer term outlook for the oil-rich region.

John Drake is a senior risk consultant with AKE, a British risk mitigation company working in Iraq since 2003. You can access AKE’s intelligence website Global Intake here, and you can obtain a free trial of AKE’s Iraq intelligence reports here.


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