India has supplied a consignment of two mobile harbour cranes (MHC) to Iran’s Chabahar port, with a total contract value of over $25 million under a contract agreement for the supply of 6 MHC.“The consignment of cranes arrived from Marghera port, Italy has been unloaded on January 18, 2021, at Chabahar port and presently undergoing trials run,” says the ministry of ports, shipping and waterways release.
With 140 metric tonnes lifting capacity, multipurpose equipment and accessories like mobile harbour cranes (MHC) will enable India Ports Global (IPGL) to provide seamless services for the container, bulk and general cargo at Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar.
This is a step towards India’s commitment towards infrastructure development of Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar.The bilateral contract between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Republic of India was signed on May 23, 2016, with a total value of $85 million for equipping, mechanizing and starting operations at Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar development Phase- I. To achieve this aim, an SPV namely India Ports Global (IPGL) Mumbai was incorporated under the ambit of the ministry of ports, shipping and waterways.
Mansukh Mandaviya, minister of ports, shipping and waterways (I/C), said, “Chabahar Port is a strategic port with great national importance. The delivery of a consignment of heavy equipment, including cranes, shows India’s commitment to the strategic connectivity of Chabahar port project that will provide access to markets in Central Asia. Development of Chabahar port is the anchor for the expansion of economic and mutual relations between India and Iran and it will give a further boost to the maritime trade between both the countries.”The location of Chabahar Port has a strategic advantage and high potential to provide connectivity among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and other CIS countries especially Eastern CIS countries to increase trade between these countries.