Service Descriptions

Streamlined Services

NAWAH Port Management (NPM) performs streamlined logistical services to facilitate the efficient movement of cargo in and out of Iraq. By coordinating every aspect of the operation in an uninterrupted supply chain, NPM ensures the rapid, highly reliable shipping and delivery of cargo.

NAWAH offers the following logistical services:

  • Regular vessel sailings (JEA-BSR)
  • Freight forwarding
  • Port management
  • Customs clearance
  • Ground logistics
  • Global shipping


NPM can facilitate the movement of a full spectrum of cargo:

  • Containerized cargo
  • General cargo
  • Break bulk cargo
  • Project cargo
  • Refrigerated cargo

Strategic Location


NAWAH Port Management (NPM) is an international port operator committed to establishing world-class port operations in southern Iraq. Working hand in hand with strong, local Iraqi partners, NPM is leveraging its global expertise and contacts to help re-establish Iraq as a leader in global trade and commerce and the key gateway between Europe and Asia. Located in Basra's commercial center and in closer proximity to Iraq's southern oil and gas fields than Iraq's other ports, the Port of Basra will be an important transportation hub for the country's commercial and industrial development.

Paul Brinkley
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Before launching NAWAH, Paul Brinkley served as U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, leading a groundbreaking task force charged with developing economic opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan through a range of efforts, including the successful encouragement of investment by U.S. and Western businesses. Before his government post, Brinkley held a number of senior executive roles with Silicon Valley technology companies, including JDS Uniphase and Nortel Networks. A licensed professional engineer, he is the recipient of four U.S. patents, and has published research on process optimization, production economics and artificial intelligence.

Tom Pritzker
Chairman & Co-Founder

As NAWAH's chairman of the board, Tom Pritzker is a recognized leader in international business. Pritzker is also chairman and CEO of the Pritzker Organization, the principal financial and investment adviser to various Pritzker family business interests. He is executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and chairman of Marmon Group, Inc. He serves on the board of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Over his career, Pritzker has founded and played a central role in companies in a number of different industries. Pritzker is also active in a number of philanthropic organizations including chairing the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Compliance & HSE


NPM maintains the highest standards of health, safety and security for both its cargo and customers. Through professional training and a daily focus from all levels of the company – from management to port workers, NPM adheres to the most stringent Western criteria in the areas of health, safety and environment in all aspects of its port operations.


NPM's facility at the Port of Basra is a secured operational area located within a secure port. These two layers of protection ensure that cargo is kept safe and secure at all times. In addition to its own high standards, NPM also adheres to the strict international guidelines for cargo security set forth by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA).


NPM's terminal operations employ rigorous procedures designed to mitigate adverse effects on the natural environment. Its state-of-the-art equipment and best practices ensure efficient handling of waste, minimal production of emissions and wastewater, and a dedicated regimen of energy and water conservation, protecting the integrity of Basra City and the Shatt Al Arab.

Commitment to Best-In-Class Compliance

NAWAH is committed to the highest ethical standards of business conduct and transparency and is fully compliant with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In 2014, NAWAH became certified by TRACE International, the world's leading anti-bribery standard setting organization, further solidifying its commitment to transparency in international commercial transactions.

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