During the ceremony of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ports and Maritime Organization and one of the largest foreign shipping companies operating in the Caspian Sea, Farhad Montaser Kouhsarii, Deputy of Ports and Economic Affairs of the Ports and Maritime Organization stated that in this Memorandum of Understanding, the need to expand freight transport by Ro-Ro vessels in the Caspian Sea is emphasized.
Referring to the existing limitations on the entry and transit of land fleets to the CIS countries, Kouhsari clarified that utilizing existing maritime capacity and Ro-Ro vessels in the ports of Amirabad and Nowshahr should be on the agenda.
To make the most of the capacity of the northern ports, a working group has been formed with the presence of representatives of the International Transport Association, the General Office of Transit and Road Transport Organization, companies and shipping lines operating in the Caspian Sea. By signing the memorandum of understanding, we will expect the development of maritime cooperation among the Caspian Sea littoral states. Kousari pointed out.
Offering discounts up to 80% on all port fees, tolls and costs for onboard vessels in all northern ports of the country, berthing of all Ro-Ro ships in the northern ports of the country regardless of schedule and the establishment of a regular shipping line between the ports of Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are among the highlights of this MoU.
**A version of this article appears on the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Website on September 28, 2020, with the headline:MoU signing between PMO and a foreign shipping company operating in the Caspian Sea. Available at: https://www.pmo.ir/en/news/51768/MoU-signing-between-PMO-and-a-foreign-shipping-company-operating-in-the-Caspian-Sea (Accessed: 29 September 2020).