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January 2019, No. 90

Mazandaran Special Report | News in Brief

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 and trucks.

“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 silos.

The berths and facilities will be connected to Iran’s rail network via a short railroad.

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.


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  January 2019
No. 90