He told IRNA that by purchasing marine fleet Iran can play a significant role in shipment of goods such as fuel and general merchandise in bulk via the Caspian.
"Given its current oil potentials and Iran's future status in the North-South Corridor, purchasing fleet and expanding marine transportation through this waterway will be in the national interests from technical and economic points of view," he added.
Kouhsari further noted that Iran has the capacity of handling up to 50 percent of the shipment of goods via the Caspian Sea and thus play a crucial role in the waterway.
Turning to the fact that the bulk of goods transported through the Caspian in the past Iranian year (ended March 19) were destined to Iran, he said that a hike in shipment of goods through this waterway by the country can have a great impact on the prices of the shipped products.
"At present, the Caspian littoral states ship their fuel via this waterway, while Iran has not even a single fuel carrier," he added.
He recommended the private companies to purchase ships based on installment planning for shipment of goods via the Caspian Sea.
He put the volume of goods shipped via the Caspian Sea in the past year at 10 million tons and predicted the figure to reach 11 million tons in the current year.
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