The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, emphasizing the need to set up all-season terminals in Anzali Port, said: "by creating these terminals, we can make more use of the capacities of Anzali Port."
According to the Public
Relations Department of the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan
Province, Dr. Hamidreza Abaie, in an interview, referring to the facilities
available in the country, said that the Caspian Sea ports have a good potential
in dealing with sanctions. He said: "the capacities that exist in the
ports of Guilan province promise that whenever the country needs it, we can act
as one of the main gateways for the import of basic goods."
Loading and Unloading of
900,000 tons of Goods since the Beginning of 1398 (SH) in Anzali Port
Stating that in 1398 (SH),
900,000 tons of goods entering the country were loaded and unloaded in Anzali
port, he added: "considering the prevailing conditions, we hope to improve
our situation in the country's economy and maritime trade and improve our
performance as well."
The Director General of
Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, noting that there is a good
coordination due to the launch of the Caspian Port, said: "incoming ships
berth in the Caspian Port and Anzali Port and cereals as the main commodity and
edible oil as the second important commodity enter our ports. In Anzali Port,
in addition to these goods, wood and the necessities of manufacturing factories
are also imported."
Stating that the export
of goods is also done from Anzali port, he specified: "with the
coordination made, about 150 tons of exported goods have been loaded in this
port and follow-ups have been done so that the incoming ships be two-headed.
This means that ships carrying cargo into the country must also carry our cargo
abroad, which can be effective in reducing costs and making it economical for
shipping companies and cargo owners."
Pointing out that in the
past, Anzali Port was used more for the import of iron and the equipment, Abaie
said: "self-sufficiency in the production of these products also changed
the type of operation in Anzali Port."
Exploitation of 15 new
Berth Posts in Anzali Port
Stating that the creation
of the necessary infrastructure, such as grain silos and warehouses that can
store grain, will cause Anzali port to take useful steps in this direction, he added:
“of course, due to the special climatic conditions of this port, the unloading
and storage of grains is sometimes associated with minor problems. In fact,
given that Guilan is one of the rainy provinces and Anzali is also one of the
rainiest cities in the country, this has led to slow operations
The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province,
pointing out that Anzali port has had three berth posts before the Islamic
Revolution of Iran, said: "fortunately, after the revolution, with the
support provided, we have witnessed good measures in this port. The port
already has had 10 berth posts and plans to increase the number of berth posts
to 21, and currently 15 of these berths are fully operational. Also, good measures
are being taken using the potential of the private sector."
Stating that in order to
be able to use the capacities of this port during the rainy season, we must be
able to have terminals for all seasons, he said: "these terminals have
been set up all over the world and are currently considered as one of the main
issues in Anzali Port and we hope that with the use of the potentials of the
private sector and by creating covered berths, mechanized warehouses and grain
silos will also be set up."
The Need to Use the
Potential of the Private Sector in Anzali Port
Emphasizing the need for
the private sector to operate in the Anzali Port, Abaie said: "the
necessary infrastructure has been created by the government and now the
superstructures must be implemented by the private sector. These
superstructures (such as grain silos, oil tanks, and the design of value-added
factories along with input raw materials) are necessary to attract more cargo
to the port."
He said considering that
the laws of the free zone also govern Anzali port, investors will be encouraged
to invest in this port. He added: "according to the measures taken, 225
billion Tomans of private sector capital has been attracted to this port so
Pointing out that Anzali
Port is a port-city with limited land resources, the Director General of Ports
and Maritime Authority of Guilan Provincesaid: "in order to be able to
hand over these limited lands to the main owners, i.e. the cargo owners
who can play an active role in the supply chain, the cargo owners with
high financial capacity are recognized and asked to build warehouses, silos and
reservoirs and other necessary items for their own cargoes as well as other
types of goods.”
Stating that with the
implementation of this plan, we hope to be able to produce goods that can be
exported, especially to CIS countries, he said: "in order to be able to
use the potentials of these countries, we are looking for transit to them, and
what is important in this regard is the existence of transit corridors."
Pointing to the
importance of the north-south corridor, Abaie continued: "by connecting
active southern ports of the country to the northern ones, the Ports and
Maritime Organization can provide the necessary conditions for the supply of
goods needed by target countries, especially CIS countries, landlocked
countries and Caspian littoral states and on the other hand, it also can
provide its needed goods, so this issue needs to be seriously pursued."
The Eurasia Agreement is
a Positive Step towards the Development of Exports and Imports
He described the Eurasia
agreement and Iran's membership in it as another good step in this regard and
stated that: "this agreement made Guilan Province one of its most
important axes. The activity of Guilan Province in this union makes Anzali Port
play an important role and according to the
existing capacities, it can provide export and import services and meet the
needs of the member countries."
Stating that Anzali Port
also plays an important role in the field of maritime tourism, the
Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province said: "the
Ports and Maritime Organization has paid close attention to the tourism
industry and has provided a place in the port for marina and maritime tourism.
Conditions must be created so that by attracting investors, we can create
maritime tourism in this port."
Stating that due to the
existence of Anzali Lagoon and the Caspian Sea, Anzali port has always been
considered as one of the tourism axes, he continued: "we are looking
to select an area of Anzali Port as a tourist area, and in this regard, we are
looking to attract investors to construct marine restaurants, develop water
sports, develop marina for berthing the cruise ships or private ships,
construction of parking lots, etc. We are also looking for a way to protect and
exploit Anzali Lagoon so that we can use it in the field of maritime
"it is definitely very important and effective to use multi-modal
transportation in this field."