Caspian International News Agency, Nowshahr– This morning, in the second national conference of modern maritime technologies, Abbas Akhoundi said, “From the 5800-km seashore in Iran, we have only 300 kilometers of installation. This shows how much unused maritime capacity we have.”
Stating that in the past three years, there was a special focus on Oman Sea, and the Chabahar Port’d capacity was increased from 2.5 tons to 8.5 tons, he said, “a 300-km rail road from Chabahar to Zahedan was constructed, and now we are trying to have a rail corridor from south to north.”
The minister of roads said, “We have rather good condition in northern ports. The development plan of Anzali Port has succeeded and it has an annual capacity of 15 tons, the Amirabad Port is developing and we have created a RORO system so that the wagons are transferred in to RORO from the ship.
Akhoundi hinted that they focus on renewing the fleet and other capacities of the ports, and added, “By creating large ports, the small ports have been damaged; now, we are after creating a ports network to revive the small ports.”
Stating that our ports have focused on cargo, and sea passengers have been neglected, he said, “We have built passenger terminals in the ports, so that they are no more exclusive to cargoes.”
Saying that the Ports Organization saved 3000 people from death last year, he added, “Facilitating the ports, increases Iran’s competitive ability with the ports of other countries.”
(Translating by Negar Lotfi)