Speaking in the 27th conference of coordination among the
country’s maritime bodies in Tehran, Mohammad Rastad noted that PMO has taken
significant measures regarding the improvement of the country’s maritime
The maritime industry transformation plan was prepared by
the Ministry of Transportation and Urban Development in collaboration with the
Defense Ministry back in 2019.
According to Rastad, the plan which has already begun is
mainly focused on improving the country’s ports and maritime fleet.
The program includes a project for the construction of 40
vessels, for which the contracts worth 24 trillion rials (about $570 million)
have been signed with domestic companies.“In addition to the mentioned vessels,
another project for building 43 new vessels has been also awarded to four
different shipbuilders inside the country, and 14 trillion rials (about $333
million) has been allocated for this project as well,” the official added.
He further stressed that the modernization of the passenger
fleet should also be taken into serious consideration, adding that the capacity
of the country’s passenger shipping fleet should also be increased.
Focusing on the development of the production and reliance
on domestic production are the two main features considered in the planning for
the development of the country’s maritime industry, the official said.