0758 GMT April 23, 2021
In January, India supplied a consignment of two mobile harbor cranes to Chabahar port, having a total contract value of over $25 million, PTI reported.
Located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province on Iran’s energy-rich southern coast, the port is being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan to boost trade ties.
“At present, cranes available at Chabahar port are insufficient for the operation of the port. Two more cranes are standing for loading near the port, which will reach this port by the end of March. Two more cranes will reach the port by the end of June,” Ministry of Ports, Waterways and Shipping (MoPWS) Secretary Sanjay Bandopadhyaya said during a briefing on Maritime India Summit 2021, to be held March 2-4.
Bandopadhyaya said after mobile harbor cranes are delivered, there are plans to procure rail-mounted cranes, for which bidding is ongoing.
“Until January 31, 2021, about 123 vessels berthed at our terminal,” he said, adding that, approximately, 13,752 TEUs and 1.8 million tons of bulk/ general cargo were handled there and efforts are going on to improve the traffic at Chabahar port.
Since 2017, he said, India has sent consignments of 110,000 tons of wheat, pulses and other assistance, in over 4,800 containers, to Afghanistan through Chabahar port.
The bilateral contract between Iran and India was signed on May 23, 2016, with a total value of $85 million for equipping, mechanizing and starting operations at the port under the first phase.
In this regard, a special purpose vehicle – India Ports Global Ltd. (IPGL), Mumbai – was incorporated under the Shipping Ministry.
Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya said Chabahar is a strategic port with great national importance.
The development of Chabahar port will help in the expansion of economic and mutual relations between India and Iran, and give further boost to maritime trade between the two countries.
The location of Chabahar port has a strategic advantage and a high potential for providing connectivity among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).