Deputy Minister: Iran Enjoys Most Advanced Marine Monitoring Network Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Road Minister and Managing Director of Iran's Port and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad announced on Wednesday that his country is in possession of the most advanced and comprehensive marine monitoring network in the region.
“Given the importance of recording data on marine parameters including waves, currents, sediments and water levels, the Ports and Maritime Organization, as a role-playing organization in the maritime and coastal areas of Iran, has taken effective measures through the design and operation of the national monitoring network,” Rastad said in a video message to the International Oceanography in West Asia Conference.
He elaborated on the measures adopted by the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, and said the organization has designed, constructed and installed 11 hydrographic vessels off the coasts of Iran, located, installed and put into operation 9 port meteorological stations, and located, installed and put into operation 13 advanced tidal stations in the Southern ports of the country (in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman) and 4 advanced stations in the Northern ports (in the Caspian Sea).
Deputy Road Minister Mohammad Rastad
"Therefore, the Islamic Republic of Iran is in possession of the most advanced and comprehensive marine parameters monitoring network in the region which will be completed in the near future by adding new equipment, including wave radars,” Rastad said.
Rastad had also in August plans to establish a giant port at Makran coastline in Southern Iran to increase Iran’s marine traffic in international waters and the oceans, saying that a new port will certainly be built in Makran region.
“Makran coastline can play a special role in the future of marine exchanges,” Rastad said on Monday.
Makran is a semi-desert coastal strip in the South of Sindh and Balochistan, in Pakistan and Iran, along the coast of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Huge cargo ships will be able to deck at a new port that the country plans to build at Makran coastline, he said.
“The new port enjoys special features and it is closer to the main routes of international trade. The port is outside the Persian Gulf and will be located at Makran coastline,” Rastad told FNA.
He added that Iran will access deeper waters after establishing the new port, and noted, “Therefore, we can host the biggest sizes of ships at minimum cost which is a proper advantage.”
Rastad said that the new port will be located in Makran region and in Iran’s Southern province of Hormuzgan.