Sailing, Ports & Shipping
Sistan and Balouchestan province enjoys unique potentials for trade and goods transit due to its geographical situation, a provincial official said on Monday.
Sistan and Balouchestan is the beating heart of transit through Iran as the businessmen in neighboring countries have kept special eye on the province due to its great capacities in the sea and on the ground,” Deputy Provincial Governor for Economic Affairs, Mandana Zangeneh, made the remarks at a meeting on Sunday.
“Due to great capacities, the province attracts giant trade ships to berth at its ports,” Zangeneh said.
Sistan and Balouchestan province in Southeastern Iran has long borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan. The province connects India to the South of Sea of Oman through the geostrategic Iranian port of Chabahar.
In relevant remarks yesterday, Mandana Zangeneh said the high capacities of Chabahar port have attracted many investors, adding that a company has proposed to make €550m investment in the region.
While the coronavirus pandemic has created many limitations for the economic activities all around the world, operations at Iranian ports are underway continuously, and even the U.S. sanctions could not halt activities at the ports.
Deputy Governor of Sistan and Balouchestan province Mandana Zangeneh said the high capacities of Chabahar port have attracted many investors, adding that a company has proposed to make €550m investment in the region.
Iran, which has adopted the strategy of boosting its non-oil export to counter the U.S. sanctions on its economy, has many programs underway for the development of its ports, regarding the significant role of the ports in the promotion of exports.
Some 627,000 tons of basic goods have been unloaded at Iran’s oceanic port of Chabahar since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20), IRNA reported quoting Behrouz Aghaei, the director-general of Sistan-Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department.
Head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) said India has ordered the necessary equipment for Chabahar port’s development project and the port will receive several mobile harbor cranes during the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2021).
By developing strategic Chabahar Port in Iran, Indian will reduce logistics cost by 20 percent in container transport to CIS countries, bypassing China or Europe, Indian Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Lal Mandaviya stated.