Largest ship to call at Gulftainer's box terminal at Umm Qasr port
GULFTAINER's Iraq Container Terminal (ICT) facility at Umm Qasr port has received the largest containership to ever call at the nation's ports - the 5,551-TEU YM Wealth, which is operated by Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.
The YM Wealth is deployed on the China Gulf Express (CGX) service on a revised route that now includes a call at the Umm Qasr port, offering a direct connection between the Far East and Iraq. On her maiden call to ICT, the ship discharged and loaded 2,500 containers, Hellenic Shipping News reported.
Gulftainer marked the occasion with a reception attended by director general of the National Ports Authority of Iraq, Omran Radhi Thani, director of the Umm Qasr Customs Authority, Osama Ali al-Maliki, and director general of the Iraqi State Company for Maritime Transport, Rafie Yosif Abbas.
Speaking on the occasion, Gulftainer's CEO, Flemming Dalgaard, said: "The arrival of the YM Wealth marked a major milestone for Gulftainer as well as the Umm Qasr Port. This achievement reinforces Gulftainer's commitment to providing Iraq with best-in-class container handling facilities.
"Having witnessed the tremendous potential this market offers, we remain dedicated to enhancing our capabilities in Iraq to attract the world's leading operators and take on larger-capacity vessels."
Gulftainer expanded its operations to Iraq in 2008, making it the first international company to set up a container terminal at the Umm Qasr port. In addition to ICT, the company operates the Iraq Project Terminal (IPT). In 2015, Gulftainer also set up the Umm Qasr Logistics Centre (UQLC) a 750,000 square metre facility, which provides logistics support to Iraq's oil and gas projects sector.