Anzali, Iran (PortSEurope) November 19, 2020 – Several new projects have been inaugurated in the Iran’s Caspian Sea port of Anzali, 370 km north of the capital Tehran, enhancing its strategic value as an intersection of North-South and East-West trade corridors in Eurasia. The projects include a berth for general cargo and grain, two structural dolphins berths for oil cargos, a grain depot with a
capacity of 50,000 tonnes, a 4,500 m² general cargo warehouse, equipment for control of the ingoing and outgoing traffic in gate number three, overhaul of seven berths (from 4 to 10), and pavement and strengthening of the western wave breaker. In addition, ground was broken for a grain depot with a capacity of 30,000 tonnes and the construction of tanks for storage of edible oil with capacity of 20,000 tonnes. A dredging operation was started to remove up to 1.3 million m³ of material. A dolphin is a man-made berthing or mooring structure that extends above water level and is not connected to the shore or any other structure like a quay wall or jetty. Dolphins increase the berthing surface when aligned with an existing pear or jetty. They can also provide independent mooring points. Road Minister Mohammad Eslami said that a new container line via Anzali increases the cargo capacity of the port. According Eslami, Anzali Port loading and unloading operations have increased by 53% in the first eight months of the Iranian year (March 20 – November 20), as compared to the same period last year. In the first four months of 2020, cargo traffic in Anzali increased by 58% to 556,000 tonnes. Exports were up by 54% and container operations increased by 77%, compared to the same period last year. Exports of non-oil goods saw an increase of 54%, which included construction goods, agricultural products, minerals and fertilizers. The transit sector of Anzali port complex recorded an increase of 18% growth. Imports of non-oil goods rose 56%, mainly basic commodities (cereals) with the amount of 345,000 tonnes. Anzali port is part of the International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC), the objective of which is to increase trade connectivity between major cities such as Mumbai, Moscow, Baku, Astrakhan, Tehran, Bandar Abbas and Bandar Anzali. The head of Port and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad said that Iran’s Caspian Sea ports have annual capacity of 30 million tonnes out of country’s ports total cargo capacity of 260 million tonnes. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.