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Monday, June 17, 2019

Islamic Republic Of Iran News

Iran: If Strait of Hormuz to be Blocked, it will do it "publicly"

Iran's military denied on Monday being behind attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, and said if it decided to block Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway in the Gulf for the oil industry, it will do it publicly.Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Baqeri was quoted as saying by Fars news agency: "Regarding the new incidents in the Persian Gulf... if the Islamic Republic of Iran decides to block exports of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, it is militarily strong enough to do that fully and publicly."Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

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Chabahar Port Begins Commercial Operations

Commercial operations began at ndia Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone (IPGCFZ), at Chabahar with the arrival of a vessel after Government of India took over the operations.A Cyprus registered bulk carrier had arrived at Chabahar with 72458 MT of corn cargo. The vessel MV MACHERAS berthed at the terminal at 0130 hrs on 30th December 2018. Thus IPGCFZ carried out its first cargo operation by discharging the imported cargo(ex Brazil) using pneumatic un-loaders.India has written a history with its engagement in Chabahar, claimed a governement release.

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Afghan Launches India-Iran Shipping

Afghan Ministry of Transportation will soon launch a commercial shipping line with the assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran to conduct business activities between Chabahar Free Trade Zone and India.IRNA reported quoted the Afghan Ministry of Transportation as saying that the shipping sector would soon be formed and the ships could operate commercial activities with the flag of Afghanistan in free waters.The other local media hailed the move saying that Afghan will soon establish a department of shipping and ships will plough the ocean flying the Afghan flag.

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Decarbonization: 34 Maritime CEOs Call for Action

A who’s who list of maritime industry executives have signed on to voice their support for a zero-carbon future in shipping.The not-for-profit foundation the Global Maritime Forum brought together a group of 34 CEOs and industry leaders from across the global maritime sector to sign a call for action and lead the industry in a transition toward decarbonization.To achieve this, these leaders believe the maritime industry needs to accelerate both technological and business model innovation…

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Container Shipping Line MSC Stops New Iran Bookings

The world's No. 2 container shipping line MSC said on Wednesday it would stop taking new bookings for Iran due to the decision by the United States to re-impose sanctions on Tehran after withdrawing from the international nuclear deal. In a note to clients, privately held MSC said it was "ceasing to provide access to services to and from Iran", adding that they would "conclude this period with the minimum disruption" to their customers' business. "While MSC is not accepting bookings for shipments originating from Iran…

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Top Container Shipping Lines Reviewing Iran Operations

The world's top two container shipping groups Maersk Line and MSC are reviewing their Iran operations after the United States withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Tehran.The 2015 agreement, worked out by the United States, five other world powers and Iran, lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits to its nuclear program.U.S. President Donald Trump also instructed his administration to re-impose U.S. sanctions after a winding down period."MSC is reviewing its services…

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Iran to Enhance Fleet Strength

Four giant new container vessels will join Iran's shipping fleet next year. With the arrival of these vessels, the rank of the national shipping fleet in the work will rise to 16 from 20 at present, chairman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping (IRISL) Mohammad Saeedi was quoted as saying. The report by the Fars news agency did not specify the type of the vessels but they are most likely Triple E ships which Iran has already ordered as part of a plan to expand its shipping fleet.

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JNPT Records Growth of 5.76% in Container Handling

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), handled 3.9 lakh TEUs in the month of November 2017, while recording a growth of 5.76% in container handling for the period Apr-Nov2017 as compared to same period last year. Of the four terminals at JNPT, JNPCT handled 1.18 lakh TEUs, APM Terminal’s total stood at 1.66 lakh TEUs, DP World (comprising NSICT and NSIGT) together handled 1.06 lakh TEUs in the month of November 2017. The Direct Port Delivery initiative under ‘Ease of Doing Business’ has been steadily going up and in the month of November…

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Maritime Pilots Recognized with IMO Bravery Accolade

Two maritime pilots who defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety, averting a major maritime catastrophe, received the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during the 2017 IMO awards ceremony, held on Monday (27 November). Pilots Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. Phillips, from Houston, United States, were recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy in September 2016. The ship they were piloting, the 247 meters-long tanker Aframax River, broke…

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Iran VLCCs in Europe on First Post-Sanctions Trip

An Iranian oil tanker has called at a European port for the first time since the lifting of sanctions last January, IRNA news agency reported quoting Sirous Kianersi,  managing director of the National Iranian Tankers Company (NITC). Sirous said that the first NITC tanker leased to a major Spanish oil company docked at the Port of Algeciras just recently. More NITC tankers are heading to other European ports, he said, adding two vessels are currently en route to the Netherlands.

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Iran, Kazakhstan Deal for Shipping JV

The chief executive officers of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express – a subsidiary of the country’s national railways company- signed an agreement for establishing a joint company. The deal could lead to the creation of a new transport corridor connecting Iran’s southern ports to the upper parts of Central Asia - and even possibly Russia and China. On the sideline of Iran's president visit to Kazakhstan, an agreement for establishing a joint…

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Iran Shipping Lines Head Sees Business Rebound by Mid-17

Container shipper Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) Chairman Mohammad Saeidi expects the firm to have recuperated by the middle of next year the business lost while Iran was subject to international sanctions. "Step by step the problems have been resolved, removing many restrictions and limitations," since the sanctions were lifted, he told Reuters in an interview at a shipping conference in Copenhagen. He added that he hoped to see remaining limitations on dollar transactions removed after the U.S.

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IRISL launches Direct Container Service from Incheon to M.E.

THE Incheon Port Authority said a regular container service connecting the port directly to the Middle East has been launched for the first time, backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). According to MANA,The Iranian state-run IRISL will deploy its 5,100-teu vessel Touska in the Middle Eastern route, named HDM Loop, it said in a statement. Two containerships of 5,100 teu capacity each will be put in operation, along with four 6,500 teu container carriers. No other details on the six vessels were provided.

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Iran Strikes $2.4bn Ship Order with Korea

Iran has placed orders worth around $2.4 billion with South Korean shipyards for the construction of ships to carry Iran’s oil and petrochemical products, The Wall Street Journal says. The orders have been placed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and the oil producer Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC). The Korean companies involved in the case are Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, which is a subsidiary of shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, as well as Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company.

KR to Deliver Engineering, Ship Surveys in Iran

Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society - has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a joint venture company with the Iranian Classification Society (ICS). The agreement is to deliver plant facility certification and engineering services. This is a growing market, with demand for plant project and industry safety inspection services expected to increase significantly over the next five years. The company will be called the ‘Iran-Korea Technology Assurance Company’, with 50-50 capital investment from KR and ICS. It will be fully operational in 2017.

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Iranian Ships to Make Trips to Europe, Americas

Iran all set launch a shipping line to Europe, North and South American countries, as sanctions against Iran’s shipping industry has been recently lifted. The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) has resumed its routes to various destinations across Europe, says IRISL managing director Mohammad Saeedi. According to Tehran Times, Iran’s shipping lines to Europe had been cut for seven years under the western-led sanctions against the country, but shipping lines to Homburg in Germany…

Iran's Ambassador to South Korea Hassan Teherian asks South Korean companies to expand investments into his country. Photo credit: Yonhap

South Korea Eyes Iran's Shipping Industry

South Korean companies are briskly moving to tap into Iran's fast-growing shipping industry, regarding the Iranian boom as a breakthrough to their prolonged business slump amid the global economic slowdown. According to  IRNA, the head of South Korea Maritime Institute Sang Gui Kim voiced his country's readiness for investment in Iran's ports and shipping industry. Sang Gui Kim told reporters on the sidelines of Iran-South Korea Economic Conference in Isfahan. Sang Gui Kim said…

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Impending Shakeup of Global Shipping Alliance

According to WSJ report, deals involving Cosco, China Shipping, CMA CGM and Neptune Orient Lines to bring major changes in global shipping alliances. China Cosco Shipping and CMA CGM are hoping to form a new alliance with OOCL, Evergreen Line, and Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, according to sources in the Chinese shipping industry. According to the Alphaliner, CMA CGM and Cosco are leading efforts to create a new vessel-sharing alliance that could include Evergreen Line and OOCL and would shake up three of the four major east-west carrier groupings.

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Iranian Ships Start Calling at Antwerp port

The Iranian shipping company Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) called at the port of Antwerp with one of its ships this week, for the first time since economic sanctions were lifted. The honour of being the “first” Iranian ship in Antwerp’s waters fell to the container carrier Azargoun which moored at the Antwerp Gateway terminal in the Deurganck dock. A deputation of representatives from the Port Authority, the ship’s agent PWL and the terminal operator went on board to welcome the ship’s master and crew.

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Iran's European Comeback

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) has managed to create two companies in Europe in joint collaboration with foreign companies, says Mohammad Saeidi  IRISL managing director. He didn't provide the details of establishment of the two Iran-Europe shipping companies, but said that the companies have already started cooperation schemes with their European partners. Saeidi emphasized that the same cooperation schemes are expected to facilitate the shipping services between Iran and Europe. He also said that Iran plans to establish several new shipping lines within the next six months.

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Iran, Switzerland Sign Mou On Shipping

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Switzerland signed on Sunday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on expansion of shipping and sea transport cooperation, Irna reported. Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development in a statement said an agreement had been signed with the MSC by means of which the global shipping giant will increase calls to Iran’s Bandar Abbas, Chabahar and Bandar Imam ports. The agreement – that has been signed with the Ports and Maritime Organization Iran - will also facilitate the shipment of Iranian goods from international ports to the country through MSC.

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SMM Hamburg Opens the Door for Iran

For the first time after the end of the trade sanctions, Iran will be represented by a national pavilion at international maritime trade fair SMM Hamburg. “An industry fair is a great platform for building new relationships and getting to know each other,” said Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. From September 6 to 9, 2016, Iran will showcase its capabilities in an area of its own. A delegation from Hamburg Messe had visited Iran as early as December 2015 to attend Iranimex, the International Marine Industries Exhibition.

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Iran in Major Fleet Expansion Plan

In a bid to prepare for the lift of economic sanctions placed on the country, Iran has unveiled a $120 billion fleet expansion campaign. Mohammad Saeidi, Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), said that the company seeks to purchase 579,000 TEU worth of containerships. Saeidi added that by 2020, all the new vessels will be operational and that the funds for the purchase will be provided from billions of dollars in frozen oil revenues in international banks.

Dr. Mohammad Saeidi. Photo by IRISL

IRISL Readies for Europe

The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) is seeking to open bureaus across Europe, says its Managing-Director Dr. Mohammad Saeidi. IRNA reports Saeidi as saying that once the arbitrary sanctions on Iran are lifted, Iranian-flagged ships can travel between Iranian and European ports. He said that imposition of anti-Iran sanctions banned Iranian ships from travelling to Europe and vessels owned by international companies from travelling to Iran as well. Launching shipping bureaus across Europe is aimed at facilitating exports of Iranian oil and non-oil products to European ports…

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Commercial Ships Makes a Comeback to Iran

With MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has resumed vessel operations to Iran, after services were suspended in 2012 in response to trade sanctions, Some of the world’s largest container shipping lines are pursuing business in Iran, reports WSJ. The shipping lines are planning to stop in Iran for the first time in years after the lifting of sanctions, marking a key step in the country’s return to international markets. The container ship MSC Domitille was the first, which berthed at the port Shahid Rajei after company started regular weekly loops through the southern Iranian port.

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Saudi's UASC Resumes Iran Biz

Amid political rivalry between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is resuming business with Iran following the lifting of Western sanctions, reports Reuters. Saudi Arabia is one of the shipping line's main shareholders. Other Gulf nations which hold stakes in UASC also have difficult relations with Iran. Commercial considerations for UASC were more important than political difficulties, said a highly placed source. Kuwait-headquartered UASC told Reuters on Wednesday it had "started accepting shipments to and from Iran".