News ID: 264098
Published: 0430 GMT January 08, 2020

Official: Commercial ships enjoy safety in Iranian waters

Official: Commercial ships enjoy safety in Iranian waters

Managing Director of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad announced on Wednesday that the commercial ships carrying cargo to the Iranian ports enjoy full safety in light of security provided by the country for its territorial waters.

“No obstacle has been seen so far in Iran’s commercial ports, as all maritime activities are in normal process,” Rastad said, reported Fars News Agency.

He noted that all Iranian ports are using their maximum capacity and different types of ships are loading and unloading there.

“Foreign ships need no military escort in Iranian territorial waters because these waterways are among the safest in the world,” Rastad said.

Rastad’s remarks came as British Royal Navy recently announced that it was sending vessels to protect UK-flagged ships.

"There is no need for an escort and we have always emphasized that Iranian waters are among the safest in the world," Rastad said.

“Fortunately, so far we haven’t encountered any unusual situation in the country’s commercial ports and all activities are continuing as usual,” he added.

“We have repeatedly emphasized that the Islamic Republic Navy is fully able of protecting all the passing vessels, not only in the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea waters, but also in distant waters. So, there seems to be no need for the British fleet to be escorted by security,” he added.

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