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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

Port of Basra

Working Member

Port of Basra/ Al-Maqal Port, Iraq

General Manager of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam
Mr. Naeem Bin Ibrahim El-Naeem

Overview

The Al Maqal Port also known as the Port of Basra is located in Basra city, near the Persian Gulf. The port was opened in 1919 by the British when they occupied the region of Mesopotamia.

However, the port was partially destroyed during the Iran-Iraq war, when it was hit by Iran’s missiles. The port’s operations decreased till 2003 and it was later reopened after some repair. But still, it is not widely used.

Location

The Al Maqal Port also known as the Port of Basra is located in Basra city, near the Persian Gulf.

The number of berths in the port is 39, including:

  • General cargo berths-containers and RO-RO berths.
  • Grain and fodder berths.
  • Unpacked cargo berths, cooled cargo berths and general cargo berths.

The depth of sea waters in such berths ranges from 9 up to 14 meters, while its total length is 7837 meters. Such berths are provided with modern equipment and installations for cargo handling and stowage, in addition to carrying it from the port, also forklift and other electronic lifts of different types, some of which are of 3.2.15 tons capacity. Moreover, lifts for unloading grains, receiving dock with a length reaching 4000 meters and the sea depth along the dock ranging between 4.5 and 6 meters.

They are represented in Authorities, associations, councils and administrations working in the field of the Arab Sea Ports facilities.

Berth Properties

StatementArea
Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters

Port Characteristics

It is not a busy port and handles minor cargo. The Hutchinson Container terminal operates at berth 14, to load and unload cargo using mobile cranes.

The Shatt al Arab river shore hasn’t been dredged for three decades which is why the draught capacity of the port has been reduced to 5 meters. Hence, the port can take only small ships and containers.

Engineering Features

StatementArea
Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters

DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Current development:

Container terminal:640,000 m²
Livestock terminal:211,000 m²
Liquid bulk terminal:600 m – 212.000 m².

Container terminal:1,490,000 m²
RO RO Terminal – Basin 2 :880,000 m² 
Cruise Terminal – Basin 2 :60,000 m²
Liquid Bulk Terminal – Basin 3 :420,000 m²
Dry Bulk Terminal – Basin 3 :445,000 m²
Container Terminal – Basin 4:815,000 m²
General Cargo Terminal – Basin 4:545,000 m²
Dangers Cargo Terminal – Basin 5 :615,000 m²
Multi-Purpose Terminal – Basin 5:755,000 m²

 

Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Cargo Handling2000000Thousand Tons/Year
Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Containers Handling (TEU)900000TEU/Year
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Draft)14Meters
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Length)300Meters
Container Handling Rate2465TEU/Day
General Cargo Stevedoring Rate38356Tons/Day
Working Hours113974Hour
General Cargo Handled During The Year 20053850Thousand Tons
Containerized Handled Cargo During The Year 20058529Thousand Tons
Dry Bulk Cargo3882Thousand Tons
Liquid Bulk Cargo57Thousand Tons
Number Of Handled TEU During894809Thousand Tons/Container
Number Of Passengers During 2005-Passengers

Engineering Features and Productivity Features

The port has 15 berths whose length is 3000m. The berths 1-8 are not currently operational and are filled with defunct equipment such as cranes and old ships. However, small trading operations are undertaken at the eastern side of the port.

The port has storage space and warehouses which are in decent condition. Berth 9 has a huge warehouse, used by Red Cross till 2017.

The port can handle vessels weighing about 5000 tonnes, with a total capacity of 600 TEU. The port has been rather deserted since 2017. It used to be a busy port till 2015 when it handled imports of cement and saw 100 ships every month. But now, even the railways connecting the port to important cities are not functional.

The port doesn’t have much equipment. It only has one mobile crane with a capacity of 65 tonnes, one reach stacker with a capacity of 50 tonnes, and two forklifts that can lift 5 tonnes at once.

The port has 15,000 sq m of storage space and 55 reefer points. Ro-Ro facility is not provided at the port. Bulk cargo can be taken care of using forklifts, available at the Container Terminal. Also, 10,000m2 warehouse space is available at the main terminal.

Contact

AddressNorth Port, Umm Qasr, Basra Iraq
Telephone00964 7834992443 24/7 Helpline
00971 45547026
FAX
Email Addressinfo@ictsiiraq.com