Maersk Line is expanding its presence in Iran with the addition of the port of Bushehr to its network of regional services, with effect from this month.
Bushehr, which has a total throughput of around 7 million tonnes a year, is capable of handling all types of containerised cargoes, including, most significantly, refrigerated products. Maersk highlights a number of benefits of calling at the port, including the availability of 400 reefer plugs and cold-storage warehouses with a total capacity of 50,000 tonnes, for cargoes both below and above zero; quick and easy access to fast growing Iranian markets due to the port’s proximity to urban areas; and the relative short sailing times to other Gulf ports, including Dammam, Doha and Bahrain.
Bushehr will be served via a weekly feeder from Jebel Ali, with the first sailing taking place on January 4th. As a result Maersk is now offering two Iranian gateways, the ports of Bandar Abbas and Bushehr, both supported by a local office in Tehran.