Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Secretary of Iran's Free and Special Economic Zones Supreme Council Akbar Turkan has said that Kish Island is going to cover 5 percent of the country's total coastal cargo loading, IRIB news agency reported Feb. 11.
The capacity for loading and unloading cargoes in this port city has reached 3 metric tons, he noted, adding that Iran plans to build three quays around the island in 10 years, each with a load capacity of 50 thousand metric tons.
In order for the port to be competitive against ports in neighbor countries, it is needed that infrastructure needs to be constructed for advanced loading and unloading, he noted.
Turkan expressed happiness that the first infrastructure in the region, 14 hectares in area had been made operational a few days earlier.
Kish is a main port in the Iranian territory of the Gulf, situated to the west of the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
A Jan. 25 report said the volume of shipment at Iranian ports had increased 7 percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2014) to hit 115 million metric tons.
Iran has plans to develop multipurpose ports and build passenger terminals and wharfs across the country.
Edited by CN