EKR’s Iraqi unit wins Seatrade Middle East award
An offshore subsidiary of the International Container Terminal Services Inc. was recently conferred the “Contribution to the Development of the Regional Maritime Cluster Award” at the 2016 Seatrade Maritime Awards for the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, and Africa.
Unit Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) is a premier container and multi-purpose cargo handling facility in Iraq.
“We are proud to have been given this recognition by Seatrade. BGT has been very successful in Umm Qasr and at this rate, there’s already a visible positive impact to regional trade. With the completion of our first terminal expansion a couple of weeks ago, we’re looking to play a bigger economic role in the region,” said Hans Ole-Madsen, ICTSI senior vice president and head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Region.
Last month, ICTSI inaugurated BGT’s $130 million first phase expansion, which adds a 200-meter berth and 300,000-TEU annual capacity to the terminal.
At full build, the new terminal area will feature 600 meters of quay and 50 hectares of storage space.
“This award is an important milestone for us. It is a great source of pride considering the speed by which we completed this new terminal after operating for only two years at the old terminal,” BGT chief operating officer Phillip Marsham said.