CHN Foreign Desk- 25 September 2007- Mohammad Rahmati, Minister of Road and Transportation in his speech on the International day of seafaring referred to the enormous number of environmental threats that Ships in the Persian Gulf cause.
Rhmati adds: According to the statistics, between the years 1985 and 2006, world trade showed a 1.5 growth rate which was mainly related to oil and petroleum industries. Despite this rate of growth, because most of these trades have been done through seas, pollution from petroleum fuels has been decreased by 85%. He believes that this magnificent record in preserving sea inhabitants is the direct result of respecting international conventions and moral issues.
During one year, an average number of 150,000 ships from different types cross the Persian Gulf. Rhamati believes that this high rate of transportation within the Persian Gulf is a serious threat for the natural environment of this area. Knowing this fact, all the necessary provisions for avoiding potential environmental hazards should be taken.
Ali Taheri states: Until the present day, there has been no direct investment on removing pollutions from The Persian Golf and Caspian Sea, but the marine and port organization will confront any type of polluting sources.
Although Taheri indicates that so far no major evidence of Iranian Ships to cause pollution in The Persian Gulf has been found, he recognizes the main polluting sources of the Persian Gulf to be foreign army ships.
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