Mazandaran Governor General
Meets with Azerbaijan Ports Official
Mohammad Eslami, the Governor General of Mazandaran, during a meeting with
Director of Ports and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and
Director of Ports and Marine Affairs of Amirabad Special Economic Zone (in
northern Iran), emphasized on boosting economic relations between Azerbaijan
and the Caspian Province of Mazandaran.
“We consider Azerbaijan
and our northern neighbors to be a good
opportunity to increase trade volumes,” he said, noting that there is good
administrative cooperation between Mazandaran Governorate and the deputy
governor general for economic affairs and investment with the countries of
the Caspian Sea region.
With appropriate measures being taken in Amirabad, the relations between
Mazandaran and the northern neighboring countries should be increased and
more efforts should be made to increase trade relations in the region,
Eslami noted, adding: “Creating a joint capacity for cooperation between
Amirabad and Baku is the corner stone of a thinking both countries believe
in. All the platforms are in place to establish this strong link.”
Amirabad, a 1,000-hectare brownfield port on the Caspian coast, currently
has nine berths, which have the ability to accommodate Ro-Ro vessels, trains
“Inauguration of Ro-Ro berth in Amirabad will remove the shortcoming to
accomplish the job,” he added.
The high representative of the government in Mazandaran referred to the
conference on development of exports from the Caspian Sea route, which was
hosted by Amirabad port in July, and said: “The holding of an international
exhibition and conference focusing on the development of exports in the
coming months can identify and boost capacities in the region. The
conference should be held in such a way that all businessmen, economic
activists, producers and exporters of the region would be present in the
exhibition sector and we could introduce the economic capacities of
Mazandaran and our neighboring countries.”
He emphasized that relations between the Caspian Sea states and Iran should
be increased through the northern ports, especially in Amirabad harbor, and
noted: “The time of holding the conference should be coordinated with the
Ports and Maritime Organization and the economic sector of the Republic of
Azerbaijan to ensure that it will be effective. This conference and
exhibition can be held in other neighboring countries of the Caspian Sea as
well, after being held in Mazandaran, to enhance communication and
strengthen the activities undertaken.”
Projects that have become operational in Amirabad include the second
development phase of the port, consisting of six new berths with a
4-million-ton capacity, as well as facilities such as warehouses and grain
The berths and facilities will be connected to Iran’s rail network via a
Its modern loading and unloading equipment, vast open and covered storage
areas and the use of information technology have minimized the time the
vessels spend at the port and created a secure place for storing goods,
including food and petrochemicals.
The port accounted for almost half of Mazandaran Province’s $435 million
exports during the period.
Amirabad is currently the largest port facility on the Caspian shore and the
third largest port in Iran.
Amirabad will have a rail connection to Garmsar for transporting cargo to
Tehran, Mashhad and other cities across Iran. A line from Garmsar to Incheh
Borun along the Turkmen border has already been launched to provide
landlocked Central Asian states a path to free waters through Iran’s rails
and southern ports.