Antwerp signs deal with Iran’s biggest container port
The ports of Antwerp and Bandar Abbas have signed a co-operation agreement that will see them exchange information and development plans, with Iranian staff receiving specialist training from an Antwerp school
Bandar Abbas handles 90% of all in- and outgoing containers in Iran, about half of the total 200 million tonnes passing through the country’s 11 ports. As well as containers, the port also handles crude oil, liquid bulk cargo and dry bulk including grain. The agreement lasts for five years and can be renewed.
“Today we are repairing our economic ties with Iran, a country with a great deal of growth potential and a gateway to neighbouring countries,” outgoing Antwerp CEO Eddy Bruyninckx said at the signing. “Antwerp is in a perfect position to support the further growth of this country.”
Antwerp was the leading destination for Iranian cargo until 2010. In March this year, the first container ship for some time from the Iranian shipper IRISL entered Antwerp, and arrivals of various kinds of freight are expected to increase in the months to come.
The agreement allows for companies in the two ports to work together more closely in an effort to stimulate traffic. The co-operation includes the exchange of information on statistics and harbour development plans. Antwerp training school APEC will also provide customised training for Iranian port staff.
Photo courtesy Port of Antwerp
Port of Antwerp
barges entering the port daily
companies in the greater port area
tonnes of freight handled in 2012