Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
An Iranian shipping line has denied reports regarding a fire incident on its ship sailing on the Volga River on Jan. 27, criticizing Russian and Kazakh media outlets for reporting false news.
"If the reports regarding the fire incident somehow harm Iran's shipping lines, we can file a legal case in international organizations," Mehr news agency quoted Ali-Akbar Ghonji, the head of the Khazar Sea Shipping Lines, as saying.
A refrigerator on board Iranian "Nardis" ship's kitchen discharged smoke due to a minor technical failure this morning, however the problem was resolved immediately, he added.
Ghonji added that Kazakhs and Russians make attempts to exaggerate ordinary incidents on Iranian ships in order to show off Iranian shipping lines being low-standard and rusty.
Saying that such incidents on ships are considered ordinary, he said that a Russian guide onboard the ship informed a nearby icebreaker ship about the technical problem, and then the news was leaked to the media outlets.
He further added that the ship is safe and sound on its way to Iran's Anzali
Port and it will dock on the port as scheduled.