Updated in Dec. 2017 by Capt. Wolf Lampe, Consultant seconded by BLG LOGISTICS, Bremen/Germany
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Al Maqal is currently mostly deserted apart from minor general cargo operations with vessels gear and the NAWAH or Hutchinson Container Terminal, berth 14, re-opened in 2017 and operating with a mobile crane. Due to draft restrictions (the outer bar at Shatt al Arab river mouth has not been dredged for some 30 years, reducing max. draught to 5 m) and a 35m-wide passage through a road bridge size of vessels is limited to small feeder vessels.
15 berths with a total length of 3.000m. Berths 1 to 8 are not used for cargo operations and mostly obstructed by derelict cranes, scrap and shipwrecks. Small-scale operations at the Hutchinson Container Terminal at the eastern part of Basrah port. Warehouse space existent, judging by external appearance in usable condition. Interior condition could not be checked, but the warehouse at berth 9 was reportedly overhauled and used by the Red Cross until 2017.
Vessels berthing at Basrah are small coasters with approx. 5.000 tons deadweight and a container carrying capacity of 500 TEU. In 2017 minimal cargo movement (recent peak in 2015: cement import, ca. 100 vessels/month), until 1980 river transport to Bagdad by push barges, currently swing bridges upriver defunct, barges and tugs derelict. Railway defunct. The port is situated within the city of Basrah, distance to the motorways 1 and 6 access is approx. 5 km.
Port website: Nawah Port Management
Port Location and Contacts
Province or District
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
Name : Basra
Port's Complete Name
30° 34’ N
047° 48’ E
Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Capt. Saud Abdul Salam
+96 4780 1000 797
NAWAH PORT MANAGEMENT
Management Contact Person
Capt. S. Arif Sayeed.
GM Hutchison Ports Basra
Maqel Port Berths
Mobile No: (+964) 781 515 3491
Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations
International Basra Airport
Fly Dubai Airlines
Middle East Airlines
Layout of Al Maqal Port, Basrah
Al Maqal Port, Basrah, Hutchinson Container Terminal at Jetty 2
NAWAH / Hutchinson is operating the containeri terminal at Al Maqal, general cargo ist moved under direction of the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) / Iraqi Port Authority (IPA).
Al Maqal is operational. Maximum draught alongside was given at 10 m, however the Outer Bar at the Shatt Al Arab river mouth limits permissible draught to 5 meters. Vessel size is further constricted by a 35 m-wide bridge passage at Basra.
The port is currently (Dec. 2017) subutilized.
Yes / No
Major Import Campaigns
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk
Break bulk (MT)
The container discharge rate is defined by the productivity of the mobile crane and vessel’s gear. Rates follow GCPI tariff rates, deductions are possible.
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Berths #11, 12
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Berths #11, 12
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port equipment is managed by a private company
The container terminal handling equipment is state of the art, but not backed up by a second set of machinery. Additional cranes and handling equipment can be rented as required.
(Yes / No)
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
64 Tons LIEHERR 180
45 Tons LIEHERR LRS 645
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
3 Tons KOMATSU
5 Tons KOMATSU
By the end of 2017 the container terminal offered 20,000 square meters yard space with 50 reefer plugs and back up power generation.
20’ / 40’
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)
Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)
50 plug points
Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)
Stevedores are NAWAH employees
Customs clearance averages 24 to 36 hours. Clearance officials are located at the port and work standard working hours 8am to 5pm 6 days per week.
RoRo facilities are generally not available. There are exceptions depending on the type of ship and will be considered by the port administration on a case by case basis.
The container terminal can also handle bulk using a grab with a capacity of 14MT. bagging at the jetty is an option.
A large quantity – up to 10,000 m² of covered warehouse space is available – conditions appear to be acceptable, but could not be verified during the last assessment (2017). The warehouse at berth 9 was reportedly overhauled and used by the Red Cross until recently.
Number of Storage Facilities
Area (square meters)
All stevedores are privately employed.
Availability of trucks should not be a concern under normal conditions. The port is situated within the city of Basrah, distance to the motorways 1 and 6 access is approx. 5 km. Railway defunct.
The port is guarded by Iraq Governmental entities, e.g. police and army. The container terminal has physical security on a 24/7 basis as well as TAPA compliant fences and CCTV (24 cameras).
(Yes / No)
No, GCPI is working towards compliance
Current ISPS Level