Iraq Decides to Buy Three Trading Ships Load Per 50 Thousand Tons
|September 30, 2011||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Baghdad, (Rn) – The Transport Ministry said it had decided to buy three giant commercial ships per load of 50 tons within the project developed by the formation of the country’s naval fleet.
And the maritime transport sector has been affected the conditions of the Iraq war – Iran because of the demise of the Iraqi ports. Wounded and paralyzed because of the economic blockade imposed by the UN Security Council on Iraq in 1991.
Absent from Iraq to the fleet includes vessels with characteristics consistent with modern economic and commercial work, and before the outbreak of the Iran war, Iraq has purchased 14 ship began since the fifties of last century and of the total tonnage of 113,900 tons.
The Ministry of Transport plan to buy giant ships with modern specifications to be able to keep up with the country’s openness to the world economically, especially in light of plans to raise oil production to 12 million barrels per day by 2017 from 2.7 million barrels per day currently.
The general director of the General Company for Maritime Transport Karkhi Samir, told the Kurdish news agency (Rn) that “the Ministry of Transport has decided to buy three large cargo ships per 50 thousand tons in order to restore Iraq’s fleet of maritime allocations within the budget in 2012.”
Government figures indicate that Iraq’s budget for next year will amount to 131 trillion Iraqi dinars (about $ 112 billion), up 36% from the current year budget and a deficit of 23.3 trillion Iraqi dinars (20 billion dollars).
Karkhi added that “the three ships being discussed on prices in China by an ad hoc committee, and ships under construction and has a world-class with respect to the cargo flow and speed of technical and design.”
He pointed out that “Iraq currently has one vessel to work so-called ship-Nasser, not enough to fill Iraq’s need for sea transport as there are four boats working out has expired.”
Iraq seeks to buy nine ships, six of which load up to 50 thousand tons and the payload, three of which 20 thousand tons, and total cost of $ 110 million.
Iraq and the fear of affecting the sea port built in Kuwait, Persian Gulf on its path of water only in the south of the country, but did not announce the official position yet, although it sent a technical committee to Kuwait last month for the project.
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