Iran’s Transportation Minister Mohammad Eslami travelled to the southern port city of Bushehr on Thursday to inaugurate a series of port projects which included the inauguration of the OSRV named “Darya Pak 1,” Press TV reported.
Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) has spent 21 million euros ($25.27 million) to build Darya Pak 1, which literally means ‘clean sea’.
The ship is 55.5 meters long, 13 meters wide and six meters tall. It has a draft of four meters and a storage capacity of 550 cubic meters for recovered oil.
The unnamed local PMO official told the official IRNA in Bushehr that the ship has been designed to improve oil spill management capacity in regions located to the westernmost of the Persian Gulf where a bulk of Iran’s crude production and export facilities are located.
The PMO was involved in a clean-up operation for a major oil leak in the Persian Gulf in late 2019.
Darya Pak is the first OSRV fully designed and delivered by Iranian shipbuilders, said a report on PMO’s website, which added that the vessel is equipped with some of the most advanced devices and gadgets to improve PMO’s response to sporadic oil spills that occur in southern Iranian waters.
The vessel is equipped with a 350-meter drum oil skimmer, a dispersant system, a powerful pump and an electronically controlled diesel engine that allows it to sail with a speed of 16 knots.
Iran has increasingly relied on its home-grown shipbuilding sector to modernize its maritime fleet since the country came under a series of US sanctions in 2018.