Indian supplies harbor cranes for the development of Chabahar port in Iran, a counter to China

The Indian government has shipped its first tranche of equipment consisting of two mobile harbor cranes for the development of phase 1 of Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar, Iran. The project that is being called a counter to Chinese expansionism, seems to pick a pace in the coming time.

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 31, 2021 16:38 IST
Indian supplies harbor cranes for the development of Chabahar port in Iran, a counter to China
India supplies first shipment of equipment to Chabahar project- Photo courtesy- Twitter

Finally, the first shipment of equipment from the Indian side has reached Iran for the development of Chabahar port. According to the Indian Embassy in Iran confirming the arrival of two mobile harbor cranes, said that Iran has received over two 140 ton mobile harbor cranes, the first shipment of equipment being supplied by India for the development of port.

On Sunday Mr. J.P. Singh, JS (PAI) from the Ministry of External Affairs, handed over two 140 ton mobile harbor cranes, the first shipment of equipment being supplied by India for the development of phase-I of Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar.

 

Earlier, a report published in the Live Mint said that these cranes having 140 metric tonnes lifting capacity are among the multipurpose equipment to provide seamless services for the container, bulk, and general cargo at Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar.

According to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, India it has supplied a consignment of two mobile harbor cranes to Iran's Chabahar port with a total contract value of over $25 million, under a contract agreement for the supply of 6 MHCs.

This is a step towards India's commitment towards infrastructure development at the Chabahar port. Earlier, a bilateral contract between Iran and India was signed in 2016 with a total value of $85 million ‎for equipping, mechanising and starting operations at the port under phase- I. The project was un-officially and partially halted after the Trump administration announced sanctions on Iran.

The 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 countries. The location of Chabahar port has a strategic advantage for India as it is being considered a counter to the China-Pak Gwadar port.

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The Chabahar port has a high potential to provide connectivity among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and other Commonwealth countries, especially Eastern CIS nations, and boost trade, the report adds.

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