Sharjah-based port operator Gulftainer has announced that it has opened berth 8 at Umm Qasr port in Iraq.

The firm expects to introduce two mobile harbour cranes designed to handle all forms of cargo in September that will ensure high efficiency at the berth.

In February, the firm won the concession to operate berth 8 and has since been renovating it.

Gulftainer later won the concession to operate two more berths at the port. It will take over the completion of berths 10 and 11 as they are currently only half complete. Once the berths are finished, Gulftainer will order gantry cranes with the aim of starting operations one year later.