Containerized Cargo Moves Up Shatt Al Arab to Mark Historic Moment

NAWAH Port Management Leads Effort to Revitalize Trading Route;

First Three Container Vessels Make First-Ever Voyages Up Critical Waterway

BASRA, Iraq--()--NAWAH Port Management (NPM), a business unit of North America Western Asia Holdings (NAWAH), today completed the offloading of the third container vessel running weekly service between the United Arab Emirates and the company’s state-of-the-art container terminal at Al Maqal Port in urban Basra, Iraq.

Historic Al Maqal Port, also known as the Port of Basra and located on the 120-mile-long Shatt Al Arab waterway, has served as an active port since 1919 for a wide array of general cargo – from construction material to dates – but these voyages mark the first-ever movement of containerized cargo up the main river running through southern Iraq.

“NPM’s Berth #14 operation is serving the growing demands of both local merchants and international firms seeking a conveniently close port with streamlined customs clearance,” said Nicholas Kunesh, the head of NAWAH’s port management business line. “This week’s arrival of container vessels is truly a significant one for the citizens of Basra as this city is restored to its rightful position as a key trading center on the Gulf.”

Laden with 40-foot and 20-foot containers as well as general cargo, three UAE-based vessels – the Mariam, Sea Soul and Inchon – now operate regularly scheduled, feeder service from UAE’s Jebel Ali and Hamriyah ports to Al Maqal Port. Efficiently servicing the surge of a full spectrum of equipment, materiel and consumer goods moving into southern Iraq, NPM’s modernized port operations support all containerized, break-bulk and project cargo.

UAE shipping companies Sea Sands Shipping and Trans Act Shipping are offering the inaugural container transport services from the UAE to Al Maqal Port, leveraging NPM’s modernized berth.

Equipped with brand new equipment such as the Liebherr 64-ton mobile harbor crane and reachstacker and customs facilities co-located within the berth’s management building, NPM’s terminal operations allow streamlined operations and customs clearance, maximizing customers’ experience through world-class capabilities, speed, efficiency and reliability.

About NAWAH

North America Western Asia Holdings is focused on high-return frontier market opportunities. The company is dedicated to the communities it invests in through its strategic, long-term local partnerships, while maintaining the most rigorous international standards of transparency and accountability. More information about NAWAH and its port management business can be found at www.nawah.com and www.nawahportmanagement.com.

Contacts

North America Western Asia Holdings
Eric E. Clark, Senior Vice President
+1-571-419-4219 (U.S.)
+964.781.333.4474 (Iraq)
+971.52.645.4902 (UAE)
eric.clark@nawah.com

The first containerized cargo ever to be brought up Iraq's Shatt Al Arab waterway is offloaded from the Sea Soul onto NAWAH Port Management's container laydown yard at Al Maqal Port using state-of-the-art mobile harbor crane and equipment. (Photo: Business Wire)

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North America Western Asia Holdings
Eric E. Clark, Senior Vice President
+1-571-419-4219 (U.S.)
+964.781.333.4474 (Iraq)
+971.52.645.4902 (UAE)
eric.clark@nawah.com