Indian company operating Chabahar port invests $85 million in cargo loading and unloading: official

Iran’s Port of Chabahar’s chief port state control officer, Sa Hashemi, said Saturday that the port’s operator, an Indian company, will invest $85 million by bringing equipment for loading and unloading at the port. “Our operator, an Indian company, will invest US$85 million here by bringing some equipment for loading and unloading,” Hashemi said.

He added: “The Indian company here is the operator of this port. That means it has the responsibility of loading and unloading all incoming ships, all ocean-going ships.” He said the depth of Chabahar Port is -16 and all 120,000 dead ships could easily load, unload and refit here.

Hashemi added that there is no restriction to any type of ship. “We have the passenger terminal for ship passengers coming here for each passenger ship. Any ferry can come here. We can also convert very large 6000 container ships. We have no restrictions on the docking and boarding of these ships,” he said. ANI visited Iran’s Chabahar port on Saturday and met Indians working there to get a glimpse of how the country handles daily activities at the Shaheed Beheshti port in the Chabahar Free Zone.

Indian Ports Global Limited (IPLG) cranes were seen in the port loading and unloading cargo from ships. There is a huge IGPL office in the Port of Chabahar run by the Indian Authority.

Shipping containers were seen in the port while a cargo ship named DELRUBA loaded iron dust en route to China. Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Iran Rudra Gaurav Shresth paid a visit to Chabahar Port on Friday, marking his first visit to the port since taking office as envoy.

The visit followed the delivery of his credentials to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in the first week of July. “Chabahar is an important project for India and the same was reflected in how the Indian Ambassador chose Chabahar for his first official visit outside of Tehran,” a source told ANI.

During his first visit to Chabahar Port, the Ambassador interacted with several senior port officials. The Director General of the Port, Engineer Asgari, the Governor of Chabahar, Dr. Sepahi and India Ports Global Limited Managing Director Sunil Mukundan and senior port officials also spoke to the envoy.

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