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Gulftainer, the UAE-based port management and logistics company, received two of Iraq’s largest LPG storage vessels at its Umm Qasr Logistics Centre (UQLC) at the port of Umm Qasr in Basra
The two cylindrical LPG storage tanks, that travelled about 600 km, weigh more than 250 tonnes each and measure 50 metres in length. This is the largest cargo that has ever been transported such a long distance within Iraq.
Opened last year as part of a US$150mn investment programme in the country by Gulftainer, the logistics centre is strategically connected to the Umm Qasr Port by a bonded access road, allowing movement from Gulftainer’s Iraq Container Terminal (ICT) facility and the North Port directly to UQLC.
UQLC was chosen by the cargo manufacturers to store the tanks in a secure and safe environment while preparing the necessary customs clearance. Gulftainer successfully handled these tanks in UQLC, including secure storage and reloading on to the specialised transport at the time of exit.
Bill Chalmers, general manager for Iraq at Gulftainer, said, “The Umm Qasr Logistics Centre has been specifically designed to support this type of project cargo, including this type of LPG tank. Our expertise in managing project cargoes to the highest technical and safety standards was identified as a key factor in supporting the cargo management.”
Arrangements for clearance were organised and carried out at UQLC where customs officials have an on-site administrative office.
UQLC is a 750,000 sqm secure facility located on the main Basra highway adjacent to the North Port in Umm Qasr, consisting of warehouses, cold stores, offices and laydown area. A 100-man camp facility is also nearing completion.