Iraq has completed a study for a port at Umm Qasr in the southern Basra province.
Engineers from the State Company for Iraqi Ports have designed a new project to fit between Umm Qasr’s existing north and southern ports.
A spokesman for the Transport Ministry in Baghdad says the new site will have four quays, four stores and an administration building.
No estimated cost for the project or a timetable for getting construction under way has been given.
Baghdad recently decided to alter the timetable for a planned privatisation of Umm Qasr’s southern port.
One berth at the site has been leased to French shipping group CMA CGM on a one-year contract from mid-September.
The government is likely to pursue similar short-term lease agreements at other berths to ease concerns in Basra that the privatisation will mean relinquishing control of a national asset.
However, the ministry is still close to appointing an international consultant to oversee planning for the privatisation.
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