PMO Managing Director Message for the 2nd international conference on oceanography for West Asia

PMO Managing Director: Iran possesses the most developed and comprehensive monitoring network for marine parameters in the region
PMO Managing Director Message for the 2nd international conference on oceanography for West Asia

My greetings and appreciation to the Regional Center of Oceanography for West Asia for organizing  and holding the Second International Conference on Oceanography for West Asia.

Seas and oceans possess a special status for transport, trades and national security of the relevant States, and this status is growing in importance and significance. As a maritime nation, the Islamic Republic of Iran is located in a strategic position adjacent to 3 bodies of water (namely the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman), and the appropriate use of the potentials provided by these bodies of water can play a significant role in the economic development of this country.

Considering the necessity of promoting safety of navigation in the waters under the Iranian jurisdiction, the growing trend of optimizing, constructing and developing maritime structures, expanding maritime transport, and striving for optimal utilization of the maritime resources of the country in the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Strait of Hurmoz and the Caspian Sea, one realizes the critical need for access to the relevant information and data on maritime parameters.

As a major authority on the affairs related to seas and coasts in this country and in order to fulfill its sovereign mission, the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) has established maritime databases and resolved engineering issues in the Iranian coasts, through conducting simulation and monitoring studies on the Iranian coastal zones, completing the national monitoring network for marine parameters, developing an Iranian maritime dynamics software, and conducting periodical hydrography of the coasts and ports of the country.

The simulation and monitoring studies on the Iranian coastal zones, which have covered the entire 5,800 kilometers of this coastline in 7 phases, commenced some 2 decades ago in Chabahar Bay, and was later expanded to the provinces of Bushehr, Sistan and Baluchistan, Hormozgan, Caspian Sea, Makran Coasts and Khuzestan Province. This national project seeks objectives like gathering and supplying hydrodynamic and morphologic information, considering the challenges and shortcomings in the coastal areas and providing engineering solutions, and creating a reliable source of information for use to study and design offshore and coastal structures in the areas under study.

The output from this project has been used in promoting the precision of the Integrated Coastal Zones Management (ICZM) Project, and enriching the relevant national maritime databases.

As a major player in the Iranian maritime and coastal field, and considering the importance of registering data on marine parameters such as wave, current, sediments and water level, PMO has taken effective measures in the past twenty years, through designing and operating the national monitoring network for marine parameters, such as:

-              Designing, constructing and installing 11 hydrographic buoys on Iranian coasts;

-              Positioning, installing and operating 9 port meteorology stations; and

-              Positioning, installing and operating 13 advanced tidal stations in the southern ports of the country (in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman) and 4 advanced stations in the northern ports (in the Caspian Sea).

The Islamic Republic of Iran thus possesses the most developed and comprehensive monitoring network for marine parameters in the region, which will be complemented in the near future by the addition of new equipment, such as wave radars.

The information recorded by the above equipment feeds into vast applications, such as water fluctuations monitoring, water level change recording, accurate prediction and analysis of water level, engineering purposes, safe navigation, and management of ports and coasts, as well as promoted precision of parameters and optimized design of maritime structures.

Furthermore, Grade 1 (Permanent) benchmarks have been positioned, constructed and installed in the Iranian ports, in order to harmonize the coordinates and altitude systems for hydrographic projects, conduct maritime measurements and studies, measure water level changes accurately, and conduct precise design and construction of maritime and port structures. These benchmarks have been established and calibrated as grade 1, according to the guideline for construction of base stations for tide measurement operations, provided by the Iranian Cartography Organization.

Another prominent achievement of PMO in the past two decades has been the design and development of the Iranian PMODynamics Software through the efforts of domestic experts, in recognition of the importance of mathematical simulations and their results in designing and making major decisions for port and coastal engineering, and meeting the domestic demands for marine parameters simulation software. The PMODynamics is able to simulate tidal currents, wind currents in 2 and 3 dimensions, simulate coastal sedimentation flow and morphology, analyze tides and extract tidal parameters. So far, modules on dynamic management of vessel loading and navigation, vessel monitoring, data quality control, and coastal engineering tools have been developed and provided for interested users.

In the recent years, extensive and comprehensive infrastructural measures have been taken in the country, in order to organize hydrographic operations in the Iranian ports under the existing plans, and promote the hydrographic performance in the ports and coasts of the country, based on scientific methods and through the potentials of hydrographic advising engineers, companies and equipment. Apart from operational purposes, such measures have resulted in a suitable and accurate database for engineering studies, precise determination of sedimentation regimes, and vessel traffic monitoring systems.

Moreover, the economic importance of maritime transport, its deep-seated connection to life in the society through access to services, and the movement toward establishment of green ports have encouraged this organization to conduct a project  to determine the priorities of using renewable energies in ports, and plan for generating clean energies from natural forces.

Finally, PMO maintains and encourages scientific interaction with experts and scholars in the field of maritime sciences through holding the International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures (ICOPMAS) every two years. Furthermore, academic theses and research projects in line with the scientific objectives of this organization receive PMO's financial and intellectual support.

Once again, I appreciate the efforts for planning and holding this conference, and hope to witness synergy and scientific promotion in the field of oceanographic activities, through fruitful exchange of ideas and interaction among experts and specialists in this arena.

Thank you

Sep 16, 2020 13:08
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