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24-Hour Operation of the Country's Ports in Severe Pandemic Conditions of Corona / 13% Growth of Loading and Unloading of Goods in Anzali Port Complex / 100% Growth of Exports and Development of Round Trips with Fully Loaded Vessels

24-Hour Operation of the Country's Ports in Severe Pandemic Conditions of Corona / 13% Growth of Loading and Unloading of Goods in Anzali Port Complex / 100% Growth of Exports and Development of Round
Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province in an interview with Radio, referring to the 24-hour activity of the country's ports in severe pandemic conditions of Corona, said: "In the first six months of the year, we saw a 13% increase in loading and unloading of goods in Anzali port complex."

According to the Public Relations Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, on the morning of Thursday, September 30, Dr. Hamidreza Abaie in a radio interview on the occasion of World Maritime Day with the slogan " Seafarers: at the core of shipping's future" pointed to a 13% increase in loading and unloading operations in the first 6 months of this year and stated: “In the export and import sector, 300 ships have entered the Anzali Port Complex, which shows a 13% growth compared to the same period last year.”

He considered the duty of the Ports and Maritime Organization as a governing body to cooperate and apply the international regulations on all water bodies of the country and added: The Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province is known as the custodian of loading and unloading any goods that enter the mainland or leave the country.”

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, stating that in the difficult conditions of corona pandemic and sanctions against Iran, the personnel of the ports and maritime sector who are active in the shipping sector (Iranian and foreign companies) and the port operators put a lot of effort, noted: “Being away from family and enduring hardships to meet the needs of the people is a hard and difficult job that should always be appreciated.”

Referring to the 24-hour activity of the country's ports in the severe pandemic conditions of Corona, Abaie stated: “The ports of Guilan province and all over the country are closed only on the first two days of the New Year and Ashura Day, and are engaged in providing services throughout the year. As a result, we saw a 38% increase in the first six months of 1399 compared to the same period in 1398, and in 1400, compared to the same period last year, we had a 13% increase in loading and unloading operations.

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province further demanded the abolition of VAT from ports located in the Anzali Free Zone and said: “Other ports benefit from the 9% value added tax exemption, but Anzali and Caspian ports due to the cancellation of the tax exemption can not take advantage of this, which has created problems in attracting cargo and offering discounts to ships and goods.”

Abaie asked the esteemed representatives of the intelligent people of Guilan province in the Islamic Consultative Assembly to help the Ports and Maritime Organization to re-establish this tax exemption and to solve these problems next year with the help of the honored representatives.

100% Growth of Exports and Development of Round Trips with Fully Loaded Vessels

He pointed to a 100% growth of exports and development of round trips with fully loaded vessels and said: “Regarding the traffic of ships from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Iran in the Caspian Sea, we hope that the transit and export of goods within Eurasia will be further developed with the entry of Iran into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province announced the most important export items from Anzali Port Complex as construction goods, agricultural products, fruit concentrate and petrochemicals and stated: “Due to the small volume of agricultural products, most of these goods are not transported from Anzali Port Complex. The reason for this is the lack of a specific trustee in Guilan province for the export and multimodal transportation, and the manufacturer preferably transports its products directly by one or more trucks by land.”

Abaie emphasized: “in order to boost the activity of ro-ro ships and attract the attention of these economic activists, it is possible to move the trucks carrying their goods in this way, because the sea transportation of trucks with ro-ro ships is more economical in terms of cost reduction and depreciation.”

He added: “Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province provided 11 trips for this ship for the prosperity of shipping, which due to numerous problems and inconsistencies between the responsible agencies (such as fuel) faced obstacles. We hope that with the coordination made, this sector will become more active and problems such as what happened in Azerbaijan for the movement of our country's trucks will be solved in this way.”

 Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, emphasizing on container transportation, said: "With this method, healthy, safe and cheaper goods will be delivered to the consumer, but unfortunately this method has not yet found its main place in the Caspian Sea."

Referring to the country's policy in allocating currency to the import of basic goods and grains, Abaie said: "Fortunately, with the good coordination that has been done, out of 830 thousand tons of goods loaded and unloaded in this port, 507 thousand tons are cereals and compared to the last year, we had a 20% growth in the supply of the country's basic goods.”

Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, stating that in the supply of basic goods, emphasis has been on grains such as wheat, said: “Wheat has been considered as one of the basic goods in the country and fortunately with good support and coordination of the government and the Grain Organization, we were able to unload about 225,000 tons of edible wheat and people's needs in the Anzali Port Complex.”

Abaie added: “All these cargoes were transported directly from Anzali port to private warehouses in coordination with the silos of Guilan province and neighboring provinces and with the cooperation of customs and the General Directorate of Highways.”

He called this action valuable and added: “Guilan province with an average rainfall of 186 days a year was able to overcome the difficult conditions of grain unloading and experience an 18-hour record for unloading a ship of 6,000 tons.”

Changing the Approach of the Port Complex from Activities in the field of Hardware to Grain

Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province emphasized: “By providing new equipment, we are looking for moisture insulation during rainy so that the ship can be loaded and unloaded using suction pipes and transmission system in isolation, and the grains transferred from the dock directly to the silo. We hope this will be done in the next 2 months.”

Referring to the change in the port complex's approach from hardware to grain, Abaie said: "By changing the nature of goods in Anzali port to grain, we have prepared silos and warehouses for grain storage that were not in good condition before and now good measures are taken to rebuild them."

He pointed out: During the last three years, the capacity of the port silos increased from 15,000 tons to 190,000 tons, and if these silos are fully exploited, we will have a very good capacity in loading and unloading the grain.

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province further pointed to the support of the Ports and Maritime Organization for the purchase of ships with low-interest loans from the managed funds of the Ports and Maritime Organization and said: “The organization provides low-interest long-term loans for the purchase of passenger, container and cruise ships, and provides up to 90% of the ship's price for applicants to improve shipping conditions under the Iranian flag in the Caspian Sea.”

In another part, Abaie considered the issuance of international and maritime competence certificates in all maritime disciplines as one of the most important functions of the Ports and Maritime Organization and added: "This organization conducts various training courses according to the international convention as the custodian of seafarers' training and what is very important for us is to take advantage of the power of the private sector in this regard.”

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province said: "Currently, we are using the potentials of several specialized schools throughout the country, and in Guilan province, several schools are teaching marine techniques too. At present, in Covid pandemic conditions, these trainings are held virtually, and just in special cases, tests and classes are performed practically.”

He stressed: "We have a limited capacity to use the potentials of these trained forces, and due to the difficult maritime conditions on ships and the problems that exist, many of them are not willing to work in this field."

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province regarding the prosperity of maritime tourism also said: “the Caspian Sea is unpredictable due to the hydrodynamic conditions of the sea, therefore maritime tourism has not flourished much.”

International Passenger Terminal in Anzali Port

Stating that traffic in the Caspian Sea is often done for trade, fishing and military relations, Abaie said: "Good measures have been taken in the maritime tourism sector in recent years, and we hope to achieve a good boom in maritime tourism by launching a marine marina."

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province, referring to the good capacity of Chamkhaleh tourist port with 55% progress in the infrastructure of this port, said: “using the capacity of maritime tourism in the coastal provinces of the Caspian Sea, it will be possible to travel from Astara to the end of Turkmen port.”

He said: "We hope that passengers can use the beautiful nature of the three northern provinces of the country (Guilan, Mazandaran and Golestan) and can enter the ship with their cars and families and travel from one city to another just by preparing a ticket."  

Abaie stated that the Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province has provided the necessary bases for the prosperity of this important matter, and said: "There is an international passenger terminal in Bandar Anzali and if we can provide the ground for the arrival of international ships, we can provide conditions that let the pilgrims going to Iraq from Azerbaijan be transferred from Baku port to Anzali port by ship instead of using the Astara land border, which causes many problems for us.”

The Director General of Ports and Maritime Authority of Guilan Province pointed to the problems related to the movement of Iranian merchants and traders to Russia and added: "I am looking to remove obstacles and pave the way for tourist ships."

He praised the efforts of all those who are active in the supply chain and maritime transport logistics sector and congratulated this day to all the seafarers working in the maritime industry and said: The maritime and shipping industry owes much to the efforts of all those who help the Ports and Maritime Organization, including shipping companies, customs and regulatory and governing organizations such as Standards, Jihad Agriculture and Veterinary and Insurance, and all who are active in the port and maritime community.”

Sep 30, 2021 12:40
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