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Three Dead in Explosion near Kuwaiti Border

By John Lee.

Three Iraqi civilians were reportedly killed on Wednesday when a booby-trapped truck exploded near the Kuwaiti border in Iraq.

The Kuwaiti news agency KUNA quoted a local Iraqi official as saying that the explosion happened at a garage near the main road about 12 km (7.5 miles) north of the Safwan border crossing.

Iraqi authorities have been enforcing heightened security measures at the port of Umm Qasr, where no large vehicles are allowed in or out, police sources said.

(Source: Reuters)

(Terrorism image via Shutterstock)

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Basra Gateway Terminal Up and Running

By John Lee.

Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) announced on Thursday that its operations at the Port of Umm Qasr are now fully operational.

BGT chief executive Phillip Marsham said in a statement:

We are attracting plenty of interest from container lines and have enjoyed a good pace of cargo buildup since we opened the doors after full takeover in November 2014 …

“Our focus is on performance, employing purpose-built container handling gear and rolling out state-of-the-art IT systems that include value-added links for customers.

“STS crane performance is now peaking at over 30 moves per hour and considerable attention is being focused on training staff, improving terminal security and creating a strong health and safety environment.

The Loadstar reports that BGT, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), plans to upgrade the existing facilities at Berth 20 and construct an entirely new container/multipurpose facility, with the first phase consisting of a 250-meter berth and 20 hectares of backup land.

Piling for the new quay is also underway, which will give the new facility a 600-meter berth and 55-hectare backup area.

BGT is a subsidiary of ICTSI, an international operator of common-user container terminals serving the global container shipping industry. ICTSI is the largest port operator in the Philippines and has a portfolio of 29 container terminal operations in 21 countries across six continents.

(Source: The Loadstar)

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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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