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The Islamic Republic of Iran became the new member of the PRIMAR RENC.

The Norwegian Hydrographic Service has signed a bilateral agreement with the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) of I R Iran.  As a result of signing of this agreement the Iranian ENCs will be available through the PRIMAR ENC service.

The Iranian ENCs will at present comprise of 120 cells organized in Approach, Harbour and berthing usage band scales. 
Mr Sayed Ali Estiri (to the left), Vice President for Maritime affairs of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, and Mr Evert Flier (to the right), Director of the Norwegian Hydrographic Service.

 “The Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman are an strategically iimportant area for the maritime transport and the introduction of Iranian ENCs will significantly increase the ENC coverage available in this region in accordance with IMO and IHO requirements.  It is also a major step towards achieving global ENC coverage”, says Mr. Evert Flier, Director of the Norwegian Hydrographic Service.
Mr. Sayed Ali Estiri, Vice President for Maritime affairs of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, says: “This is a major step also for the Iran Hydrographic Office and PMO in order to discharge their obligations in accordance with SOLAS Convention. We are very pleased to contribute with our ENCs to improve the safety for the mariners in this area, and look forward to a fruitful cooperation with PRIMAR in the future.” 

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  Back, from the left: Kjell Olsen, former Director of PRIMAR, Ahmad Parhizi, Head of Maritime Safety Operation Department,  Hans Chr. Lauritzen, acting Director of PRIMAR, Sayed Ali Estiri, Vice President for Maritime affairs of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, and Evert Flier, Director of the Norwegian Hydrographic Service.
In order to enhance safety at sea and protect the maritime environment, PRIMAR's vision is to be the most efficient model for the provision of ENC services and maritime geospatial data worldwide.
Norwegian Hydrographic Service operates the PRIMAR ENC service through a regional ENC (RENC) coordinator regime supported by bilateral and distribution agreements with the nations producing ENCs, and other ENC provider organizations.
PRIMAR ENC service is offered through an international network of authorised distributors and kept regularly updated by the means of the PRIMAR Chart Catalogue and the PRIMAR Online remote update services. 
PRIMAR ENCs are official electronic charts that meet the IMO SOLAS requirements for paperless navigation when used in conjunction with type approved ECDIS.

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