Mineral shipments at Iran’s Shahid Rajaee port up 35 pct
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.11
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Mineral shipments at Iran's Shahid Rajaee port have increased by 35 percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013) compared to the past year, IRNA reported on Feb. 11.
Over 15.6 million tons of minerals have been shipped so far by Iranian and foreign vessels in the current year. The figure is projected to hit 20 million tons by the end of the year.
Iron ore, plaster, copper concentrate, chromate, marble stone, and iron concentrate were the main shipped minerals.
Shipping each ton of minerals saves $120 for the country and creates 2-3 jobs.
Iran's ports shipment capacity will reach 136 million tons by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20), the Tasnim News Agency quoted Iran's Ports and Maritime organization head Mohammad Saeednejad as saying on Jan. 24.
The figure currently stands at 100 million tons, he said.
Shahid Rajaee port accounted for 87 percent of the total shipments during the first nine months of the current year, he added. Imam Khomeini, Amirabad, and Khorramshahr ports ranked next, he noted.
More than 5.109 million tons of goods were transited via Iran's ports during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year, ISNA quoted Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization official Sadollah Abdollahi as saying on Jan. 22.