0829 GMT October 14, 2019
Proper meeting of standards and the set of measures taken to preserve maritime safety have helped Iran's marine fleet to be placed on the IMO's whitelist, Rastad was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.
He added that the status has been achieved in the wake of adhering to the requirements for promoting maritime safety, noting that the measures include preparation of hydrographic maps of the ports and dredging activities.
“One of the other tasks to increase maritime safety, which has been accomplished by the Ports and Maritime Organization, is the establishment of navigational assistance symbols in the ports of and waterways,” Rastad said.
Another step taken to ensure maritime safety was creating a naval rescue fleet, he said, adding, “Based on the marine search and rescue operations scheme, the organization fleet will be stationed in different parts of the north and south coasts and the marine search and rescue coordination centers are required to plan and act in response to emergency situations at sea.”
He said, to ensure the safety of sailing, continuous technical inspections and safety of ships and vessels are on the agenda of the Ports and Maritime Organization.
The PMO head added, one of the tasks of the Organization’s inspection and control officers is to ensure that the vessels which enter into the ports of the country have the necessary safety standards and prevent them from entering if the ship does not meet the required standards.