IRAN : Spokesman of Iran’s Valfajr Shipping Company says his company is operating a regular container shipping line from southeastern Chabahar Port to various ports in India.
According to Abbas Kabousi, 15 voyages have been conducted along the mentioned line over the past three months, ISNA reported.
“The first vessel with a full capacity of 550 TEU arrived in Chabahar from Indian ports a few weeks ago and its cargo has been completely unloaded,” Kabousi said, adding that his company is ready to transport more goods between Indian ports and Chabahar port.
The official noted that his company has also been operating some direct lines from Persian Gulf Arab countries to Chabahar port.
“Valfajr Shipping Company has reduced the time of cargo transportation on the route from the southern ports of the Persian Gulf to Chabahar while reducing the freight rate and improving the schedules,” he said.
Kabousi further said the shipping company is ready to launch a direct line from Oman to Chabahar port.
Back in May 2022, Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) announced that three direct container shipping lines were launched from Chabahar Port to Nhava Sheva and Kandla ports in India as well as Jebel Ali Port in United Arab Emirate.
Iran and India had previously launched shipping lines between Chabahar and the Indian ports of Mumbai, and Mundra.
The first shipping route between the two countries was put into operation in 2017 between Iran’s Chabahar port and Mumbai.
In January 2019, Iran and India inaugurated the second direct shipping route which passes through Mumbai, Mundra, Kandla, Chabahar, and finally Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.
India is using the mentioned shipping routes to transit goods to Afghanistan and Persian Gulf nations as well as the countries in Central Asia.
Through Chabahar port India can bypass Pakistan and transport goods to Afghanistan and Central Asia, while Afghanistan can get linked to India via sea.
Iran has awarded India the project for installing and operating modern loading and unloading equipment including mobile harbor cranes in Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar.
The strategic Chabahar port in southeastern Iran is the only ocean port on the Makran coast and it has a special place in the country’s economic affairs.
Back in September 2021, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had called on Central Asian countries to benefit from Chabahar Port capacities for expanding their trade in the region.