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 Updated in Dec. 2017 by Capt. Wolf Lampe, Consultant seconded by BLG LOGISTICS, Bremen/Germany


Key port information can also be found at:  http://www.maritime-database.com/ports/topports.php, http://ports.com, http://www.worldportsource.com/ http://directories.lloydslist.com/ 

Port Overview

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

Country

Iraq

Province or District

Basra

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name : Basra

Port's Complete Name

MAQAL Port

Latitude

30° 34’ N

Longitude  

047° 48’ E

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

IPA

Capt. Saud Abdul Salam

+96 4780 1000 797

captsaud500@gmail.com

NAWAH PORT MANAGEMENT

Management Contact Person

Capt. S. Arif Sayeed.

GM Hutchison Ports Basra

Maqel Port Berths

Mobile No: (+964) 781 515 3491

www.hutchisonports.com

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name:

International Basra Airport

Airlines:

Iraqi Airways   

Emirates Airline  

Fly Dubai Airlines 

Al-Etihad Airlines

Al-Arabiya Airlines  

Turkish Airlines

Middle East Airlines  

Port Picture

Layout of Al Maqal Port, Basrah

GLCSC_LCA_Iraq_03_Basrah_PortPicture_01_171215

Al Maqal Port, Basrah, Hutchinson Container Terminal at Jetty 2 


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

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).

4.4 Iraq Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

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.  

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

Rainy Season

No

Major Import Campaigns

No

Handling Figures

Year 2014

Vessel Calls

72

Container Traffic (TEUs)

5000

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2014

Bulk (MT)

15,000

Break bulk (MT)

35,000

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

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.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

n/a n/an/a

Container Berth

115810

Silo Berth

n/a n/a n/a

Berthing Tugs

n/a

Water Barges

n/a

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Berths #11, 12

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Berths #11, 12

Imports and Exports - RoRo

n/a

Other Imports

n/a

Port Handling Equipment

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.

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No

 n/a

n/a 

Container Gantries

No

 n/a n/a

Mobile Cranes

Yes

One

 64 Tons  LIEHERR 180

100%

Reachstacker

Yes

One

45 Tons  LIEHERR  LRS 645

100%

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)

No

 n/a n/a

Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines

No

 n/a n/a

Forklifts

Yes

Two

3 Tons KOMATSU

5 Tons KOMATSU

100%

 

Container Facilities

By the end of 2017 the container terminal offered 20,000 square meters yard space with 50 reefer plugs and back up power generation.

Facilities

20’ / 40’

Container Facilities Available

yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

no

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

240

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

50 plug points

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

30 cont./h

Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

140 cont./shift

Stevedores are NAWAH employees

Customs Guidance

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.

1.3 Iraq Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

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.

Grain and Bulk Handling

The container terminal can also handle bulk using a grab with a capacity of 14MT. bagging at the jetty is an option.

Main Storage Terminal

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.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo

 n/a

10,000

Refrigerated Cargo

none none

General Cargo

 n/a

4000

Stevedoring

All stevedores are privately employed. 

Hinterland Information

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.

Port Security

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). 

Security

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

No, GCPI is working towards compliance

Current ISPS Level

 n/a

Police Boats

5

Fire Engines

4