Maritime industry to get boost from Iraq

DUBAI - The massive post-war reconstruction project in Iraq is expected to fuel a boom in the region's maritime industry, according to Fasahat Ali Khan, Deputy Director General of Expo Centre Sharjah.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 12 Apr 2004, 12:20 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:36 AM

Speaking on the coming second edition of Gulf Maritime exhibition and conference, to be held from 19 to 21 April 2004 at Expo Centre Sharjah, he said: "Gulf Maritime 2004 will provide an ideal platform for international and local shippers and suppliers to capitalise on this emerging boom. "

The reconstruction of Iraq, will require the shipping of large amounts of building materials such as concrete, cement, steel which will not only generate more business for the region's shipping industry, but will also push up demand for new barges, supply boats, tugs and other work boats needed to carry this material.

Ali Khan, said: "One of the chief areas of rebuilding Iraq is to get the country's maritime transportation system up and running again. This requires the rebuilding of Iraq's major port, Port of Umm Qasr, the country's maritime infrastructure, oil handling terminals, freight handling terminals and other activities related to the marine business and ocean transportation along its coast."

The revival of the Port of Umm Qasr will need the implementation of critical and short-term projects.

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