Photos by Majid Sayadnavard, ISNA
TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iran-Russia joint maneuver for maritime search and rescue as well as dealing with Caspian Sea oil contamination was launched Tuesday in Iran's northern Anzali Port (Bandar Anzali).
Bandar-e Anzali, known as Bandar-e Pahlavi before the Iranian Revolution, is a harbor town on the Caspian Sea, in the northern Iranian province of Gilan, close to Rasht. Bandar-e Anzali has a population of approximately 150,000. Bandar-e Anzali is one of the most important seaports in the north of Iran.
The Director General of Iran's Ports and Navigation Organization said serious measures for rescue and search in Caspian Sea as well as coping with contamination are underway in the waterway.
He also said these maneuvers aim at quick and influential control of maritime accidents through making coordination among neighbors, promoting cooperation to tackle with maritime events and decrease possible damages.
Also evaluating personnel's readiness and management of the events, strengthening safety of navigation as well as protecting maritime environment are among other goals of the maneuver, he added.
Also the Director General of Ports in Iran's Gilan northern province Montaser Kohsari expressed hope Caspian Sea could turn into a clean waterway through holding such maneuvers and interacting with littoral states.
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