Many of the world’s leading shipping lines already have regular services to Bandar Abbas. CMA CGM’s VASCO service from South America began making direct calls in May 2007. With container volumes set to grow further, the Tehran-based Tidewater is pressing ahead with the construction of new basins and a new terminal, which are set to triple the capacity of the Shahid Rajaee Container Terminal, from 2m teu to 6m teu.
The first phase of a second container terminal, backed by Iranian Port & Shipping Organization (PSO) Investment, is scheduled to be operational in early 2008. This will comprise 850 m of quay with 17 m depth alongside, a 70 ha container yard and eight super post-Panamax gantry cranes, which have already been delivered. Phase two of the project is expected to be completed after 2009, and will provide approximately 2,050 m of additional quay length with 16 m depth alongside and a 140 ha container yard.