Umm Qasr Sustainable Navigation Aids

Project Summary

buoysBuoys in line with international standards. Photo by UNDP Iraq 2012.

Iraq’s economy has historically relied on marine transport. However, over the past 25 years the level of maritime traffic has significantly declined. High prices of services and a lack of visual navigation aids have restricted the full recovery of the industry.

Since 2004, the Umm Qasr port in Basrah has been renovated with new electrical, water and sewage systems. Over US$ 300 million has been invested into the port, with activities including dredging, wreck removal, rehabilitation of the container yard and berthing area.

This project enhances visual navigation aids at the port to meet international standards set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.

The project has been extended to introduce an Automatic Identification and Vessel Tracking Systems to increase commercial traffic to the Umm
Qasr Port.

What have we achieved so far?

  • 30 units of navigation buoys have been installed in the water channel, and spare-parts for vessels have been delivered.
  • Renovation has been completed and equipment has been delivered and installed.
  • Technical assistance has been provided to bring the Automatic Identification System and Vessel Traffic Service online.

Funding information

Donor Amount
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) $2,910,746


Financial Delivery

This project has delivered US$ 1,853,160 to date.

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