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Hopes for enhanced maritime collaboration between Pakistan and Iran

The Pakistani government expresses interest in establishing shipping line to Iran

Seafarers in the regions of Pakistan and Iran may rejoice at the news of the possibility of a new shipping line being established between the two neighbouring countries. According to Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, HE Mohammad Ali Hosseini, “Pakistan is interested in launching a shipping line between the two countries’ ports, but there are obstacles and problems that need to be resolved in this regard.”

Looking forward to more collaboration
The news was related to the Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Head Ali-Akbar Safaei in an online meeting with the Ambassador.  Furthermore, the Pakistanis are also considering launching shipping lines with Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Interest in the collaboration has also been sparked on the Iranian side as well, but PMO Head Safaei stressed the need for strengthened cooperation with countries in the region and especially neighbours, “To this end, we have had a series of meetings with Iranian ambassadors in neighbouring countries and ambassadors of these countries in Iran to discuss cooperation in various port and maritime sectors.”

HE Hosseini has also assured that the fourth Iran-Pakistan Joint Maritime and Port Cooperation Committee meeting is also in the talks to be held in the near future, “The two countries have already signed three agreements in the field of maritime cooperation, including maritime search and rescue, maritime cruise certificates and also seafaring certificates for near the coast voyages.”

What does this mean for seafarers in the region? Soon, there may be a new shipping line with the opportunity for near the coast voyages, meaning less time at sea and more frequent home returns.

 

Crewing Online News Team
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