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Collection of 3,000 Cubic Meters and 26 Tons of Waste from the Water Surface by the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province

Collection of 3,000 Cubic Meters and 26 Tons of Waste from the Water Surface by the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province
The Deputy of Maritime Affairs of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province announced the collection of 3,000 cubic meters, equivalent to 26 tons, of waste from the water surface and bed.

According to the public relations of the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, Ali Khedmatgozar, referring to the problems and destructive effects of floating waste in the sea, said: “Today, floating waste in water sources including rivers, wetlands, seas and even coastal waters is considered as one of the biggest environmental problems and on the other hand it can cause irreparable damage to the maritime tourism industry and the sea-oriented economy.”

Stating that Anzali Port basin and its shipping canal, due to its direct connection with Anzali International Lagoon, annually receives hundreds of tons of floating wastes that enters the lagoon through large rivers and water currents (especially during floods of rivers,  he noted: “In recent years, a sharp decrease in the water depth of the lagoon has led to a decrease in its capacity to accept incoming waste, as well as a significant increase in the volume of various wastes, which unfortunately are transferred directly to its water basin.”

The Deputy of Maritime Affairs of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province added: "This has caused the waste of lagoon to enter the port and shipping canal of the port and become a threat to the safety of maritime traffic."

Referring to the main reasons for the rapid growth of floating waste in the lagoon, Khedmatgozar stated: “A significant part of this waste enters the protected waters of the port and the lack of awareness of the people and stakeholders of the lagoon about environmental issues, waste disposal in water resources and lack of optimal management of the wastes of urban and industrial centers adjacent to the lagoon are some of the reasons of this problem.”

Regarding the existing solutions to solve the existing challenge related to lagoon waste and environmental threats and the lack of safety of maritime traffic resulted by it, he acknowledged that this requires fundamental reforms in the management of municipal and industrial wastes by regulatory bodies as well as providing necessary environmental information to local and urban communities around the lagoon through various media.”

The Deputy of Maritime Affairs of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, referring to the organizational mission and necessity of securing traffic in the protected waterways of the Authority, stated: “In order to eliminate the pollution caused by the waste from the lagoon and prevent their destructive effects on the engine cooling system and the efficiency of vessel drift, in recent years, the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province has taken significant annual costs to continuously and daily clean the basin and access canal of the port by using the potentials of the private sector and equipping a scavenger vessel.”

Khedmatgozar said that this year, 3,000 cubic meters (about 26 tons) of wastes have been collected from the surface of the water and the bed of the port basin through dredging operations. He said: "This volume of dredging shows the increasing growth of the volume and variety of lagoon waste, and to improve the current situation, urgent measures must be taken by all relevant government agencies and non-governmental organizations."

Mar 16, 2021 12:53
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