Most pressure has been felt in the country caused by economic tensions, but the seafarers proved that by their own efforts, no danger could threaten the maritime sector, said the Managing Director of Ports and Maritime Organization.
PMO News Portal - at the International Maritime and seafarers
Day ceremony, which was attended by senior executives of the country’s maritime
sector, Mohammad Rastad, Most pressure has been felt in the country caused by
economic tensions, but the seafarers proved that by their own efforts, no
danger could threaten the maritime sector.
Iran is a country which has a long history with sea and
marine activities and no one can deprive Iran of this natural blessing, but we
must take advantage of the sea more.
Referring to job opportunities on the coastal areas, Rastad stated
that we should not have concerns on job creation on the coastline, our port plans should be
particularly prosperous on the south coast, and big cities must be formed there.
One of the approaches of the Ports and Maritime Organization
is to establish manufacturing industries in the ports’ hinterlands, our fleets
and ships have a lot of capacity. Given Iran's transit capacities, our economy
and the surrounding environment, the ports are definitely more operational
capabilities. We can play a significant role in global maritime trade and
shipping due to ourhigh capacity of ports and fleets.
The Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development stated
that the Ports and Maritime Organization is pursuing marine tourism development
and places with maritime attractions have prospered and unemployment in these
areas has fallen to zero. We urge the ship owners’ union to encourage its
members not to use foreign seafarers while the opportunity for occupying Iranian
seafarers is available.