Iranian official says Chabahar route will outshine Suez Canal
An Iranian official responsible for development and administrative affairs at Iran’s largest ocean Port of Chabahar says the gateway will soon eclipse the Suez Canal in providing a quicker trade link between Europe and Asia.
Abdolrahim Kordi said on Sunday that the route from Germany’s Hamburg to India’s Mumbai that passes through Russia and Iran will be more than a half shorter than the traditional Suez route taken by large ships to deliver cargoes from Europe to Asia.
Kordi told the official IRNA news agency that the route will take 14-16 days for the cargoes to reach Asia from Europe, much quicker than the routine 38-day period spent on the shipping route that passes through the Suez Canal.
The route in question goes through the Baltic Sea to Russia’s Saint Petersburg and then through the Volga River to Astrakhan from where it travels via the Caspian Sea to Anzali in northern Iran.
It then travels further south across the lengths of the Iranian territory to Chabahar on the Sea of Oman and then through the Arabian Sea to the Nhava Sheva Port in India’s Mumbai.
Iran has invested heavily in Chabahar, a port where companies and governments from around the world have been allowed to bring in their own investment for their future projects.