BAKU, Azerbaijan, Mar. 10
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
It is necessary to double the capacity of Iran's commercial ports until 2045, Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran and Chairman of the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), Mohammad Rastad said, Trend reports citing the organization’s portal.
According to him, the capacity of Iranian ports is 300 million tons at present, and this figure should be reached 600 million tons.
Rastad added that Iran's commercial ports operate as important development infrastructure, employment centers, and revenue streams.
The chairman noted that the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization seeks to take substantial steps to achieve its goals by establishing commercial ports on the Makran coast and developing existing ports.
The deputy minister also said that there are currently many small ports on the Makran coast of Iran (from Hormozgan province to Sistan and Baluchestan Province). These ports are in the spotlight in Iran for supplying with infrastructure and equipment, so that these ports can guarantee Iran's economic development.
As reported, the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization intends to establish a large commercial port on the coast of Makran in the Jask County of Hormozgan Province in order to increase the potential of Iran's commercial ports.
According to the program, the port will have 3 platforms and a capacity of 100-200 million tons. The construction of the port will begin in the next four years. The port is estimated to be put into operation after 2032.
A total of 10.8 million tons of cargo were loaded and unloaded in Iranian ports in the 10th month of the current Iranian year (December 21, 2020, through January 19, 2021). This is a decrease of 10.5 percent compared to the same month last Iranian year. So, 12.1 million tons of cargo were loaded and unloaded in Iranian ports in the same month last Iranian year.