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(From MENA Business Reports)
US-based SSA Marine has sent the first team of civilian port operations experts to the Persian Gulf, to begin the process of returning the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr to regular shipping operation.
The team of 15 employees and contractors working for SSA Marine left the United States on Saturday. They arrived in Kuwait City on Monday, and will begin their assessment of the port on Tuesday, or as soon as permitted to do so by the military currently responsible for the port.
"Umm Qasr is Iraq's only seaport, the only deep-water access," explains President of SSA Marine, Jon Hemingway. "Before the war, a very large part of …