Iranian state shipping company IRISL’s new general cargo service has made its first call at C. Steinweg’s Süd-West Terminal in Hamburg.
During the first call by its new general cargo service, representatives of state shipping company IRISL joined staff of the Peter W. Lampke shipping agency and Terminal C. Steinweg in welcoming the Captain and crew of the SEVGI on May 17, 2016.
The new general cargo service will call monthly at Hamburg as the only port in Germany, transporting conventional general cargo in addition to containers.
The multi-purpose vessels deployed are equipped with shipboard cranes. Apart from Iranian ports, the new service linking ports on the Persian Gulf with others in Northern Europe will call at additional ports in the Middle East when required.
For C. Steinweg’s Süd-West Terminal in Hamburg, clearance of the Sevgi was a very special occasion, since it was here that the last previous clearance of one of IRISL’s conventional vessels had taken place in May, 2010.
In recent years, international trade sanctions limited Iran to importing goods not affected by export restrictions.
Calls by the Iranian state shipping company’s vessels in European ports were not permitted. Thanks to the resumption of foreign trade activities with Iran, especially in the export area, people at C. Steinweg are expecting an initially gradual, later substantial increase in seaborne cargo throughput with Iran and are looking forward to the return of IRISL’s conventional liner service on the Elbe.
Germany is traditionally Iran’s largest Western trading partner. Hamburg, where many Iranians have settled, enjoys excellent and friendly relations with companies and state organisations in Iran.
Before sanctions, Iran’s imports via Hamburg were mainly of grain, potash fertilisers, feedstuffs and machinery.
C. Steinweg’s Süd-West Terminal, which possesses special equipment for handling especially bulky and heavy cargoes, will be loading machinery and plant for the Iranian oil, gas and mining sectors on the new conventional liner service.
In other news, total throughput for the Port of Hamburg in Q1, 2016 was 2.5% lower at more than 31 million tonnes.
Fact File: The IRISL shipping company has operated for several decades regular container and conventional liner services with 170 of its own ships. In its East Asia service, for example, IRISL deploys vessels with a capacity of 6,500 TEU. Additional liner services with SE Asia are operated by 2,200-2,500 TEU ships. IRISL also offers container services from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean and East Africa.