To bypass Pak, India, Iran launches 3rd sea route to Chabahar : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

New Delhi, January 24

A direct container shipping route has been established between the port of Chabahar in southeastern Iran and two ports in western India, Nhava Sheva and Kandla. The first container service on this route will enter Iran’s Shahid Beheshti port on February 16, Deputy Head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), Jalil Eslami, said.

Regular container service with a traffic schedule of 10 to 15 days is provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). The PMO will provide the necessary tariff incentives and facilities on tolls and transportation costs to support merchants using the lines, a statement from the PMO said.

India had previously launched shipping routes between Chabahar and the Indian ports of Mumbai and Mundra in 2017. In January 2019, the second direct shipping route was launched. It passes through Mumbai, Mundra, Kandla, Chabahar and finally Bandar Abbas in southern Iran. India uses these sea routes to transit goods to Afghanistan and Persian Gulf countries as well as countries in Central Asia, Iranian media reported. Through the port of Chabahar, India can bypass Pakistan and transport goods to Afghanistan and Central Asia, while Afghanistan can be connected to India by sea.

Iran has awarded India the project to install and operate modern loading and unloading equipment including mobile harbor cranes in Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar.

The first-ever India-Iran-Uzbekistan trilateral was held last month to develop communication channels with Central Asian countries.

Pakistan’s denial of transit for India to Afghanistan and Central Asia has severely hampered its drive to transform centuries-old ties of trade and blood into a lasting post-modern relationship between the nation states of Uzbekistan, from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

First service February 16

  • The first container service via this route will enter Iran’s Shahid Beheshti port on February 16, Deputy Head of Iran’s PMO Jalil Eslami said.
  • India previously launched shipping lines between Chabahar and Indian ports of Mumbai and Mundra in 2017
  • In January 2019, the second direct shipping route was launched. It passes through Mumbai, Mundra, Kandla, Chabahar and finally Bandar Abbas in southern Iran

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