Tehran, Iran, Oct.19
Iran is to renovate 5,000 sailing vessels as part of renovation of naval fleet based on a modern model in country's southern and northern ship yards, said the deputy of Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).
"There are more than 5,000 traditional vessels and based on government approved bill it is permitted that sailors import goods related to their trade as part of renovation plan," said Jalil Eslami, Trend reports citing Fars News Agency.
"Seven organizations including Ministry of Road and Urban Development, Department of Environment, Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, police force are obligated to suggest renovation models or plans to the government the PMO is also responsible as secretariat," he said.
"The primary plan has been provided and has identified type of vessels. The suggestions are to be approved by the government to be considered as foundation for renovation of traditional vessels," he added.
"One of the discussed issues is the capacity for domestic production, the plan should cover the vessel production capacities in north and south ports," he said.
The official also emphasized the Iranian ships have no fueling problem in the international ports.
"We have not faced any problem in fueling, apart from the issue of fueling to ships in Brazil that carrying basic goods that has been resolved already," he indicated.
"The official statistics on recent maritime incidents in past six months show the number of incidents were less than previous years," he added.