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India supplies two mobile harbour cranes to Iran for Chabahar port

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Even as India equipped cranes to Iran for the Chabahar challenge, it termed the challenge the “anchor” for enlargement of “economic and mutual relations” with Tehran. India, over the weekend, equipped a consignment of two,140-ton Mobile Harbour Cranes (MGC) for Chabahar that may strengthen the cargo dealing with capability of the port. 

India’s Minister of Ports and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya mentioned, “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 the Chabahar port project that will provide access to markets in Central Asia” which is able to give the port “further boost to the maritime trade between both the countries.”

WION was first to break the story on Sunday. The consignment of cranes arrived from Marghera port, Italy on and is presently present process trials run. India shall be supplying 6 mobile harbor cranes, with a complete contract worth of over $ 25 million.

India’s delivery ministry launch mentioned that the supply of cranes is “a step towards India’s commitment towards infrastructure development of ‎Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar.”

India is concerned with the event of phase-I of the Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar. In December 2018, an Indian firm, India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) took over the port operations, and as of December 2020, the port has dealt with 1.75 million tonnes of bulk cargo and greater than 13000 TEUs of container cargo. India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) Mumbai is a Special Purpose Vehicle included below the ambit of India’s Ministry of Ports, ‎Shipping, and Waterways.

India used the port to ship 75,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan in 2020 as a part of the humanitarian support amidst the covid pandemic. India additionally equipped 20,000 liters of the pesticide Malathion 96% ULV to Iran through Chabahar port in 2020 to assist Iran curb the menace of desert locusts. Another Malathion consignment from India to Iran is due this yr. 

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