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Tehran's Sharif University calls for setting up shipbuilding industry in Iran

Tehran, Nov 21, IRNA -- The Center for Technology Studies of Tehran-based Sharif Industrial University called for establishment of shipbuilding industry and called for the parliament's legislation to that effect.

"Shipbuilding plays a significant role in the growth of national economy, the maritime industry has long been neglected in Iran," said the university in a statement.

"Taking into account the benefit of being a littoral state, Iran has a good capacity to set up shipbuilding industry and develop it in both public and private sectors," it said.

The university said that shipbuilding industry would create several other substitute industries helping to reduce unemployment, especially in the provinces on the coastal areas.

"The survey indicated that Iran will purchase dlrs 18 billion worth of ships in the next 10 years and the regional states will also purchase dlrs 60 billion worth of ships in the same period. So, Iran enjoys good market both at national and international level. We should utilize such a good market," said the statement.

The university called for an end to foreign purchases of ships and delegate the task of building ships to Iranian technicians.

"It would be a shame that instead of creating jobs for Iranian youth, we are creating jobs for foreign workers with the purchases of ships from abroad," it said.

The university criticized the dispatch of Iranian ships abroad for repair and deplored the fact that over 12,000 ocean-going liners are passing through Hormoz strait annually, but, the major shipyards are situated in Dubai and Bahrain which are several times weaker than Iran in terms of industrial know-how and manpower.

The university offered to provide the parliament with technical information about shipbuilding industry.

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