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Iran's Share in Caspian Sea Shipping is Little

By Ladan M. Sadeghioon

Lack of a clarified regulation in Caspian Sea's legal system has decreased Iran's share in shipping industry both in tourism and transportation sections.

Tehran, 3 April 2007 (CHN) -- Despite all tourism attractions that exist in Iranian northern provinces and Iran's high potential in shipping industry, Iran's share in Caspian Sea voyages and transportation is very limited.

Referring to Iran's development in marine transportation and its tourism potentials in northern provinces, Dr. Taheri Motlagh, director general of Iran's Ports and Shipping Organization told CHN: " Iran has a little share in Caspian Sea's marine transportation, therefore, by supporting Iran's marine industry, the government is determined to promote this industry in the country."

He further added: "Establishing and launching special docks in northern harbors of Iran for berthing cruise ships and providing some facilitate for transportation of passengers should be taken into consideration."

Regarding the active shipping lane in Caspian Sea, he stated: "Considering the large amount of oil and gas resources existed in Caspian Sea, more development should be made in this section. Following the agreements which have been reached with the other Caspian Sea regional countries, we hope to increase the number of our national ships with support of government in a near future."

According to Taheri, due to the little share of Iran in Caspian Sea shipping industry, only 8 trade ships with capacity of 25 thousand tones are active in this sea and three more have been added to them during last year.

Taheri strongly believes that lack of a clarified legal regulation on Caspian Sea is the main reason for decreasing Iran's share in shipping industry in this sea.

"There are still many chances for promoting the capacity of shipping industry in Caspian Sea region, provided that the condition for activity of private sector is also prepared" added Taheri.

Director General of Iran's Port and Shipping Organization further announced that in a near future the taxes of Iranian ships which travel in Caspian Sea will reduce up to 50 percent in an attempt to promote shipping industry both in tourism and transportation sections.

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