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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