1130 GMT March 20, 2018
According to ISNA, Mahmoud Mir Nabili spoke to the local reporters today, mentioning the purchase and arrival of two vessels in the port of Astara by the executor of construction, development and operation project of this port.
He said: Thanks to the cooperation and support of PMO, the executor of construction, development and operation project of the port of Astara managed to purchase two vessels (one dredger and one tugboat) from the Netherlands and bring them to the port of Astara.
Explaining that these vessels would increase the throughput of the port of Astara, Mir Nabili added: After the dredger “Jadeh Abrisham” starts its operations in the port of Astara, the means for preserving a good depth for movement of larger commercial vessels, saving money, and creating income will be provided.
He also pointed to the purchase and arrival of the tugboat ‘Derafsh-e Kaveh’ to the port of Astara by the contractor of construction, development and operation project, and stressed:
“We will witness a rise in the income and throughput of the commercial port of Astara upon the arrival of this private tugboat.”
Director General of Astara Portand Maritime Administration pointed out to the technical features of these vessels and continued:
The hopper suction dredger ‘JadehAbrisham’ with a capacity of 200 square meters and the tugboat ‘Derafsh-e Kaveh’ with a power of 1,200 hp are ready to be used in berthing and unberthing operations.
According to the director general of Astara Portand Maritime Administration, the present depth of the port of Astara is in six meters and when accepting the vessels, it will be five meters.
The port of Astara is the first active private port of the state that was assigned to Kaveh Port and Marine Services in 2009 after holding a tender for construction, development, and operation of the port of Astara, and currently the port has commercial connection withthe ports around Caspian Sea region such as port of Baku in Azerbaijan, port of Aktau in Kazakhstan, port of Makhachkala in the Republic of Dagestan and Astrakhan in Russia.
Also, managing director of Kaveh Port and Marine Services said: “Construction of Astara Grain Terminal has also been started, and in the first phase it will be able to accept 30,000 tons of grain in the silos that are going to be installed. This capacity can increase to 12,000 tons to make Astara a regional hub for grain transactions. In the master plan of the Port of Astara, constructing a mill factory was also considered. So far, more than $25 million has been invested to develop Astara Port as it is today, and to consolidate its position in the international transactions in Caspian Sea region, there must be at least another $30 million investment on this port.”
Mohammad Sadeq Kaveh confirmed that construction of an oil terminal has been predicted for the port of Astara, adding: “Since oil trade is a very essential business in the countries around the Caspian Sea, possibility of loading and unloading the oil tankers was considered, and this terminal will be able to perform oil swap. “Constructing a Ro-Ro terminal in the port of Astara is also within our project. “Currently Turkey and countries on the east of Caspian Sea have an outstanding business in this line of work. This terminal can help the Turkish trucks to get to these countries more easily on their mission. “