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Predict to Increase the Capacity of Anzali Port Grain Silos to 200,000 Tons Next Year

Predict to Increase the Capacity of Anzali Port Grain Silos to 200,000 Tons Next Year
The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province said: "This year, we have added about 100,000 tons to the current capacity of the port, and we hope that next year the grain capacity of Anzali Port will reach 200,000 tons."

According to the Public Relations of the Ports and Maritime affairs of Guilan Province, Dr. Hamidreza Abaie in an interview, pointing out that good measures were taken in the government to develop the infrastructure of ports in Guilan Province, said: “According to the measures taken in Astara And Anzali Ports, we can have a working capacity of about 15 million tons.”

He added: "Due to the construction of three berthing posts in Bandar Anzali for general cargo and public goods, one berthing post for grain carriers and two dolphin berthing structure, the carrying capacity of dry and liquid bulk materials has been increased and this capacity has provided the conditions for us to accept all kinds of goods and ships in Anzali Port.”

Abaie stated: “In Astara port, due to the appropriate depth that was created in the port and the construction of two berths by the private sector, we can reach an operating capacity of two million tons per year. With the comprehensive plans and development that we have considered for that port, this capacity can be increased again.”

Emphasizing that we are looking for optimal use of the capacity of the province's ports, he specified: Anzali Port had 10 old berthing posts. Four concrete berthing posts and two dolphin berthing structures were added to this number, and currently Anzali Port has 17 berthing posts, and one of the berths is also used as a service one.”

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, referring to the importance of sea and port in the country's economy, emphasized: “What has always been the slogan of the Ports and Maritime Organization and perhaps accepted as a principle in the country is that the sea is the axis of development. To consider the axis of sustainable development of the country, we must consider maritime transport and maritime trade.”

Abaie, stating that currently more than 80% of the country's trade takes place by sea and using maritime trade, said: "Certainly, ports play a very important role as one of the main parts for maritime transportation."

Emphasizing that ports play a role as the main basis in increasing the volume of trade in each country and therefore maritime transport is very important, he added: "In ports, the movement of goods can be in a high volume and at a specific time and at a lower cost. We can also move more cargo in ports by using maritime transport facilities and large ships.”

Abaie said: "In the past, Anzali Port was used to move iron, but in recent years, the import of this product has decreased and has been replaced by grain imports."

Abaie stated: "With coordination and by applying the laws of free industrial trade zones in 160 hectares of Anzali Port area, we were able to attract private sector investors to build roofed warehouses and mechanized grain warehouses and grain silos. Fortunately, the construction of such structures promises better performance in loading and unloading of grain and basic goods in the country.”

He added: "This year, we added about 100,000 tons to the current capacity of the port, and by using this capacity, Anzali Port was able to reach approximately 120,000 tons of capacity in silos."

Abaie emphasized: “We are adding about 80,000 tons of new capacity for storage of grains. We hope that next year the capacity of Anzali Port will reach 200,000 tons in the field of grains, so that by using this capacity, we will see the storage of more basic goods and grains in silos.”

Pointing out that there are about 73,000 square meters of covered warehouses in Anzali Port, he added: "About 38,000 square meters of these warehouses were old and new warehouses have been built, whose area is almost equal to half of this space and completely hygienic principles and Grain storage is observed in them and we use this capacity to increase the efficiency of the port.”

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province said: “with the coordination of the private sector and the port operator, the necessary action was taken to absorb the cargo and load and unload the grain properly. This caused Anzali Port to take back its share of the Caspian Sea and be able to use this share with an increasing trend towards loading, unloading and storing grains, which account for almost 70% of the country's imports of goods.”

Stating that we need to increase our capacities, Abaie emphasized: “with the record of one and a half million tons that we hit in Anzali Port this year, I hope to bring this port to its real position in the near future.”

Emphasizing that we should work in other areas as well, he added: "The most important thing is that in addition to dry bulk cargo, we can also provide a large capacity for liquid bulk cargo in Anzali Port and with the favorable conditions that we create for the transit and export of petroleum products, we can get the most benefit out of it that will be possible with the use of two oil dolphin berthing structures and the transfer of cargo out of the port which is almost finalized using pipelines.”

"In order to be able to play a role in the development of exports, we need to take all our resources to the point where exporters can transport their export goods to target countries with the least cost, less time and less worry," Abaie said.

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, referring to the use of Ro-Ro ship capacity, said: "Due to the problems that arose at the land borders of neighboring countries and target countries, we use a method to export goods to Kazakhstan and Russia using trucks carrying export goods by direct loading of these trucks on the ship.” 

He pointed to the benefits of exporting goods by ship: “this measure has several advantages, including less fuel consumption, drivers are less tired, road problems and accidents are reduced, and most importantly, the cost of transporting exported goods is reduced.”

Abaie emphasized: “In relation to Russia, we are also consulting to be able to take advantage of these conditions, and we hope that conditions will be created so that our drivers can deliver export goods to their destinations in a better way and in a shorter time, with less cost. This promises that the development of Anzali Port infrastructure will lead to the development of exports in the province and the country.”

Mar 6, 2021 14:37
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