Iran plans to build a port along Makran coast in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan with a cargo handling capacity of up to 200 million tons, said the CEO of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).
In an address to a meeting of the PMO’s council of directors on Tuesday, Mohammad Rastad added since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran in Late February, his organization has activated supportive mechanisms to minimize the adverse impacts of the coronavirus spread on port and maritime activities in the country, IRNA reported.
He noted that as part of these mechanism, domestic shipping lines, port operators and private investors active in Iranian ports have constantly been supported.
The PMO CEO said his organization has placed diverse measures on its agenda to minimize the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and US unilateral sanctions on those involved in the domestic port and maritime sector.
He added also on the PMO’s agenda is approving a number of important documents and projects, saying the comprehensive plan for organizing the country’s small ports, which is expected to be implemented in three phases in 15 years, is one of them.
Rastad said the plan will be finalized by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021).
He added the other comprehensive plan to be approved and implemented by the PMO is the development of the country’s major trade ports, noting that it is expected to be completed by 2025.
Rastad said the PMO is required to, in an important and massive undertaking, increase the capacity of the country’s major trade ports from 300 million tons to over 600 million tons in ten years.
He noted that the construction of the port along the Makran coast will be placed on the organization’s agenda after the implementation of the comprehensive plan to develop the country’s major trade ports.