Europe sends first equipment cargo to Iran after US JCPOA pullout
Tehran, Iran, June 1
Vessel BBC Rushmore, a general cargo ship, docked at the port of Chabahar to unload Europe’s first consignment of equipment at the Iranian southeastern transit hub after Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
BBC Rushmore arrived in Chabahar on Thursday morning carrying containers of equipment with a total weight of 353 tons, according to a statement by the Public Relations Office of Sistan-Baluchestan’s Ports and Maritime Department, FARS news agency reported on June 1.
The equipment will be transferred to areas where the construction of petrochemical complexes are underway at the port, it added.
Vessel BBC Rushmore made port calls at Chabahar port after berthing at Italy’s Ortona and Romania’s Constanța ports, respectively.
Rushmore was built in 2012 and is currently sailing under the flag of Antigua and Barbuda.
Rushmore, in fact, delivered the first European cargo to Iran via Chabahar after US President Donald Trump decided on May 8 to leave the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Chabahar is the closest and best access point of Iran to the Indian Ocean and Iran has devised serious plans to turn it into a transit hub for immediate access to markets in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and Central Asia.
The Chabahar Agreement is a regional transport network initiative of the governments of Afghanistan, India, and Iran.
It aims to create a reliable transport corridor for the smooth transport and transit of goods and services through Chabahar Port between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of India, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The agreement was signed by the three countries’ high ranking officials in Tehran in May 2016.