The phase two expansion of Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) is underway, with 400 m of quay and a 14 m draught to be completed by the third quarter of 2019, enabling vessels of up to 9,000 teu to be handled.
On completion of this phase, the terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) will have invested US$250m, the lion’s share of which is for a new berth, yard construction, and handling equipment.
A new 30 ha yard area featuring seven rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes will be created along with a 15 ha secure parking area while three post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes will be installed along the quay.
Upon completion of the second phase, BGT will have an annual handling capacity of over 1m teu.
The latest round of development also includes the acquisition of a cutter suction dredger with the dual objective of ensuring strict adherence to the construction schedule and maintaining draft alongside the terminal’s new and existing berths.
Phillip Marsham, BGT executive officer, said: “The second phase expansion will not only allow us to respond immediately to scale needs, but also deliver added flexibility to the whole container handling operation with diverse benefits flowing to our customers.”
In the first quarter of 2017, BGT completed the first phase of its terminal greenfield project, which included the construction of a new 250 m berth and a 15 ha yard area.
Last year also saw BGT’s expansion of its service portfolio with the development of quay and yard areas configured for the safe and efficient handling of oil and gas project cargoes, allowing BGT to establish partnerships with the oil and gas industry.
Operations at Berth 21 likewise commenced in January 2018, introducing a dedicated roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) facility, where international standard operational practices remain.