130,000 ships call at Iranian ports every year: officially

Ali-Akbar Safaei, who is also the head of the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization, stressed in the southern port of Shahid Rajaee on Saturday that the pressure on Iran was intended to keep Iranian ships out of international waters.

However, “the shipping lines connecting Shahid Rajae Port to different parts of the world have created conditions for … merchants to engage in commercial and economic activities and exchange goods in different countries,” he said.

Safaei further said that Iran has managed to develop an integrated system that includes automatic surveillance systems, radars and electronic charts, allowing the country to monitor all traffic and ship activity in its territorial waters and waterways up to 200 miles from the exclusive zone to retain economic zone and sometimes beyond.

“Despite the cruel sanctions, Iran has done its best and will do its best to overcome the problems. We were able to present and implement very good strategies for economic prosperity in many areas,” he emphasized.

“The bulk transport of ships into the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Iran will be carried out in full compliance with safety aspects and without harming the marine environment.”

The United States, under former President Donald Trump, reinstated crippling sanctions on Iran after unilaterally withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal in May 2018, despite Tehran’s full compliance with the deal’s terms.

The sanctions maintained by Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, target Iranian trade in various industries such as shipping.

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