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New Russian boxships ordered for trade with Iran

According to Alphaliner, Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC)will build four sea-river container/MPP ships of 435 teu for GTLK, the largest Russian leasing firm.

The ships, due for delivery in 2024 and 2025, will travel between Russian inland ports along the Volga River and the Volga–Baltic Waterway in the north, and Iran’s Caspian Sea ports in the south, steaming distances of up to 4,500 km.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, president Ebrahim Raisi, discussed deepening political, trade and economic cooperation in a phone call earlier this month.

The Iranian Presidency said Raisi welcomed “Russia’s desire to strengthen economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic”, especially the development of transport lines in the Eurasian region.

“This transit route will become an attractive route for the economy and trade in the world,” Raisi was quoted as saying.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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