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53% Growth of Loading and Unloading Operations in Guilan Ports / Operation of Large Projects of the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province in the Coming Months

53% Growth of Loading and Unloading Operations in Guilan Ports / Operation of Large Projects of the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province in the Coming Months
Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province in the commemoration ceremony of World Maritime Day, referring to the 53% growth of loading and unloading operations in Guilan ports in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, said: “Large projects of the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province will be operational in the coming months.”

According to the Public Relations of the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, Dr. Hamidreza Abaie in the commemoration ceremony of the World Maritime Day stating that more than 85% of world trade is done by sea, said: “Maritime transport is the safest and most economical mode of transportation of goods and the lack of attention of countries to this issue weakens their economies.”

Saying that our beloved country Iran has enjoyed this divine gift from the north to south, he added: "The Caspian Sea, as the largest lake in the world, is a potential source for ecotourism, fishing and agriculture, as well as shipping and trade, and Anzali port as one of the oldest port in the country, with a history of 100 years, is located on the shores of this sea and has always been a significant brand for merchants, traders and shipping lines in the northern ports, and has always been considered the gateway to Europe for the exchange of goods.”

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Affairs of Gilan Province, referring to the outbreak of the Corona virus worldwide and its effects on the global economy, said: “Despite the oppressive sanctions and the outbreak of the Corona virus, which caused us to experience certain conditions, the maritime community was able to provide services in the fields of economics, the provision of basic goods and the prevention of the spread of the disease."

Stating that according to the mentioned conditions, not only the volume of maritime and port operations in the ports of the province did not decrease, but also we witnessed a significant growth, Abaie said: “Loading and unloading operations in the first six months of this year increased by 53% and container operations increased by 73% compared to the same period last year. In this regard, we should appreciate and thank the colleagues and all the organs that worked together so that we can play a significant role in the economy of the country and the region.”

Referring to the slogan of World Maritime Day entitled "Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet", he acknowledged: "Sustainable shipping is the intersection of the shipping industry, economy and marine environment, and therefore two general perspectives for sustainable shipping can be imagined: technological and ecological sustainability, both of these require skilled, professional and compassionate manpower.”

Exploitation of Large Projects of the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province in the Coming Months

Director General and Director of Astara Port Special Economic Zone, referring to some actions of the General Administration this year, said: “Dredging Anzali and Astara Ports, dredging some parts of Anzali Lagoon, localization of the antenna driver section of the Maritime Traffic Control Tower, launching the handheld system, Inauguration of 5 projects with a credit of 660 billion Rials in Astara Port Special Economic Zone on the occasion of Government Week, beautification and lighting of Anzali Port cranes, completion of sidewalks and furniture in western breakwater of Anzali Port, donation of medical and health supplies to many medical centers and hospitals in different cities as well as winning the position of the top executive body of the province in Shahid Rajaei Festival were among these cases.”

Stating that in the coming months, large projects will be inaugurated and put into operation in Anzali Port Complex, Abaie said: “by examining the needs of the market and also using the power of the private sector, the issue of building and equipping Bandar Anzali infrastructure was on the agenda. These include the opening of a 45,000-ton grain silo, a 4,500-square-meter general cargo depot, a 200-meter-long and 50-meter-long general cargo wharf, and two oil dolphin wharves for mooring ships up to 180 meters long.”

Emphasizing the need to use indoor wharves in Anzali Port, he continued: "Considering the amount of rainfall in Anzali Port, we intend to build a terminal for all seasons and indoor wharves with the cooperation of the private sector."

Development of Port Cooperation between Iran and Caspian Littoral Countries

Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, referring to the development of port and maritime cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Caspian littoral countries, especially Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia, said: “Development of bilateral port and maritime cooperation, more efficient use of multimodal transportation as well as proper planning for round trip ships was on the agenda.”

Referring to the role of the national fleet, the number of Iranian fleets and sailors, the need to reduce the use of non-Iranian forces, the necessity to use the organization's capacity and allocate managed funds and offer discounts to container ships, especially refrigerated container ships, Ro-Ro ships, passenger ships and general cargo ships as well as maritime tourism, he stated: “By creating maritime security, which shows the authority of the powerful strategic forces of the Islamic Republic Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, we can use the facilities and potentials of naval schools to train specialized forces in the field of navigation and use of marine fish resources.”

Numbering of two-stroke engines in Anzali Port as a Pilot Project

In another part of his speech, referring to the facilities of naval schools, the number of maritime competency certificates that are issued for different categories, effective measures in launching shipping simulators, repairing and operating engines, the need to train specialized personnel in port logistics courses and other related courses, creating simulators for strategic equipment and the use of advanced port cranes, especially for container operations, Abaie said: “In order to organize the traffic of sea vessels and also to organize the statistical status of two-stroke engines, after receiving the approval of the government board, the numbering of the hull of these engines began. Among all ports in the country, this action was carried out as a pilot project in Anzali Port.”

In another part of his speech, the Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province emphasized on the need to preserve the marine environment as a basis for the sustainability of marine ecology. Referring to the facilities and equipment to deal with marine pollution, he addressed the recent action of Bandar Anzali in launching the Pak Boom vessel using the power of the private sector and stressed the need to set up and use an industrial treatment plant.

Referring to the measures taken to accurately and timely monitoring of physical and chemical parameters of seawater, canals and lagoons, wave flowmetry and deposition method, sediment deposition and sediment volume reduction, Abaie reminded: “In this regard, the necessary measures have been taken to conclude study contracts and obtain scientific opinions and advice to use methods based on scientific perspectives, which requires cooperation between the agencies, especially the Environment and Fisheries Organization.”

In the end, he pointed out the lesser-regarded area of maritime tourism and the need for special efforts to set up a marina and maritime passenger terminal using the power of the private sector.

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