US firm wins Umm Qasr deal

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US firm wins Umm Qasr deal 
 
A US company has won a $4.8m (£3m) contract to manage Umm Qasr port in
southern Iraq. The contract is the second awarded under US Government
plans for reconstruction in Iraq.

Stevedoring Services of America will be responsible for operating Iraq's
only deep-water port, with the aim of allowing food and other
humanitarian and reconstruction materials and supplies to be delivered
efficiently.

The company "will provide an initial port assessment, develop
improvement plans... and supply technical expertise to ensure an
adequate flow of through shipment", said the US Agency for International
Development (USAID), the client for the project.
"The company will be responsible for the port pilots who will guide
ships up the channel, and will manage the access of trucking companies
to the port and establish a system of controls to avoid theft and
corruption."

USAID did not say when work would start on the contract or how long it
would last. UK ports operator P&O said it had put in a bid for the Umm
Qasr work but had been unsuccessful. 
UK complaints
US engineering firm Kellogg Brown & Root - part of Halliburton, the
company once headed by US vice-president Dick Cheney - earlier picked up
a contract to put out oil well fires and repair oil facilities. 

The US Army Corps of Engineers, which let the contract, said the work
would be of "limited duration" and was on a "cost-plus" basis with no
defined value. Earlier this month, USAID invited five US engineering
giants to submit bids for Iraq reconstruction work expected to be worth
up to $900m. The companies were Bechtel, Louis Berger, Fluor, Kellogg
Brown & Root and The Parsons Corporation. USAID plans call for operating
ports and airports and repairing utility networks, roads, bridges,
schools and hospitals. UK construction firms have complained privately
about not being invited to bid. But it is thought possible that some
will pick up sub-contracting work from US lead contractors. 
 
Source:  BBC

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