Iran reconstructing outdated ships
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.19
By Elnur Bahgishov – Trend:
Reconstructing all outdated ships is on the agenda of Iran and the county is working on a specific project in this sphere, said Deputy Head for Maritime Affairs of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization Hadi Haghshenas.
This project will be assessed by Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, the Supreme Council for the Ports and Shipbuilding, as well as ship owners, he told Yong Journalists Club (YJC).
“All outdated ships will be reconstructed in the near future,” he added.
Haghshenas pointed out that currently, 500 ships need to be reconstructed. “The owners of those ships will be able to get non-refundable aid and upgrade their old ships.”
He went on to add that at first stage, it is planned to reconstruct 40-years-old trade ships.
The maritime fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL Group) comprises 115 ocean-going vessels, with the total capacity of 3.3 million tons deadweight (DWT). The ownership structure of the fleet comprises 87 ocean-going vessels in IRISL and 28 different types of ships under the flag of subsidiaries, including Khazar Shipping, Valfajr as well as Iran-India Shipping Companies.
They are manned by 6,000 Iranian personnel including shore staff, deck and engine officers as well as ratings, who work under the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, international waters and various ports of the world.