Strategically important Chabahar Port has received its first two Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHC) of the six that are to be supplied under an agreement with India. The consignment is having the contract value of over USD 25 million. Presently under trial, MHCs has arrived from the Marghera port, Italy and reached the destination on 18th January, 2021.
The bilateral contract between the two friendly nations to equip, mechanize and starting operations at the Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar development Phase-I was signed on 23rd May 2016. At that time, India and Iran signed the deal worth USD 85 million.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways assigned SPV named India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) Mumbai is now capable to carry out seamless services for container, Bulk and General Cargo at Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar.
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya , Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C), stated that Chabahar Port is a strategic port with great national importance. The delivery of consignment of heavy equipment, including cranes shows India’s commitment to the strategic connectivity of Chabahar port project that will provide access to markets in Central Asia. Development of Chabahar port is the anchor for the expansion of economic and mutual relations between India and Iran and it will give a further boost to the maritime trade between both the countries.
The port is seen as an important asset to provide connectivity among the friendly countries like Afghanistan, India, Iran, Uzbekistan and the other CIS countries to increase the trading opportunities with each other in the coming times.