Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:46 PM
Baghdad / National News Center
Today, Wednesday, Umm Qasr North Port set the date for the opening of three new berths, while it disclosed its capacity in all its berths.
The administrative assistant to the director of Umm Qasr North Port, Captain Miqdad Nuri Aziz, said in a statement to the official agency, followed by the "National News Center", that "there is a well-studied and future plan prepared for the development of the northern port of Umm Qasr, and we will disclose the most important contents of this plan later and in detail," stressing that "" The plan is still in progress.”
He added, "The port is working very well, with a very good capacity and design," noting that "the capacity of the berths (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) as well as the 400 yard is excellent."
He pointed out that "the port includes 14 berths, which operates with a good design and capacity, in addition to the fact that there are 3 new berths that are still under construction, with a completion rate of nearly 70 percent," stressing that "these berths will enter work early next year 2022." .
He continued, "The port also contains 4 (container) terminals, and includes the third terminal, which includes berth 20, as well as the fourth terminal, which includes 27 berths, all of which operate with an excellent capacity."
He explained that "the loads in containers at berth 11 reached 12,000 TEUs, and the total handling capacity for the year 2020 at the port amounted to 370, 165 TEUs."
He continued, by saying that "the absorptive capacity in Station No. 2 during the previous period was 386,000, while the design and absorptive capacity for this year, specifically until September of this year, i.e. verified from handling, amounted to 107,424 TEUs."
Regarding the classification of berths, he pointed out that “the berths of the port are many and vary in goods and classification, for example, berth 11 includes containers of different and various goods, as well as the berth of the last station, which includes berths (25, 26, 27) also includes containers for goods of different origin and type, as well as the berths of various goods. It includes berths (16, 17, 18, 19) and all goods are heavy materials, foodstuffs, and cars, while berth 21 is designated for RORO vessels.”
Regarding the origin of the goods and cargo arriving at the port, he said, “The port receives goods from various countries. There are government contracts for the Ministry of Oil, for example, that is, it is contracting with other countries, so its goods arrive through the port, that is, according to the contracts concluded between the two countries, as well as the general goods that arrive at the port. It is done according to the countries that manufactured it, i.e. according to the manufacturing country known as China and India.
And he indicated that "most of the exporting countries of the port are East Asian countries, which reach the merchants in Iraq, which are the countries (Taiwan, China, India) and others."
He stressed that "there is continuous cooperation between the port and a number of government departments affiliated with the ministries (Oil, Electricity, Trade, and the Ministry of Industry and Minerals), as the Iraq Ports Company works on a continuous and service basis to facilitate the affairs of the ministries, especially the items of the ration card and the food basket."
Regarding the workforce in the northern port of Umm Qasr, he pointed out that “the workforce in the port is many in various stations, and most of the workers are (Iraqi workers), as the percentage of the workforce in the port has reached nearly 85 percent, including even workers in supporting companies such as transport customs. And the Maritime Transport Company and the Iraq Ports Company, in addition to the fact that there are Arab and foreign workers in the joint operating companies, and their percentage is very small, not exceeding 15 percent.”
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