Alireza Mohammadi Karajiran, the director-general of Ports
and Maritime Department of southern Hormozgan province where the port lies,
said that increasing the nominal capacity of the port by five million tons, and
its container capacity by 500,000 TEUs, as well as boosting the investment
attraction by 10 trillion rials (about $37 million) in this port are among the
main objectives defined for Shahid Rajaee port in the current year.
As the official has also announced, 58,992 vessels entered
the ports of Hormozgan province in the past year, loading and unloading 1.839
million TEUs of commodities.
In the past year, more than 95 million tons of commodities
were loaded and unloaded in the ports of province, indicating 16.7 percent
growth year on year, he added.
Of the mentioned 95 million tons, 56 million tons were
non-oil goods, and 39 million tons were oil products, the official announced.
Based on the data released by Transport and Urban
Development Ministry, loading and unloading of goods in the ports of Iran rose
17 percent during the past year.
The ministry’s data show that loading and unloading of goods
in the country’s ports reached 152.91 million tons in the previous Iranian calendar
year, while the figure stood at 130.69 million tons in the preceding year.
During the said year, loading and unloading operations in
the container sector reached 2.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs)
with a weight of 24.57 million tons, which was 13.5 percent more than the 1.85
million TEUs in the Iranian calendar year 1399, the report said.
The loading and unloading of goods during the previous year
also grew by 12.8 percent in the dry bulk sector, while in the liquid bulk
sector the figure increased by 12.6 percent, in the general cargo sector rose
by 13.1 percent, and in the petroleum sector grew by 22.5 percent.