The General Director of The Maritime Rescue and Marine environment protection, Ali Reza Khojasteh, stated that PMO invested more than $100 million in dealing with hazardous contamination and has facilitated the process of tackling and clearing the marine environment through the purchase of strategic equipment such as skimmers.
Specifically, on the opening ceremony of the 18th International Exhibition of the Environment, the General Director commented that the Iranian PMO will be responsible on preventing and controlling pollution.
This will be achieved because PMO aspires to be in line with 'The MARPOL Convention' and the domestic law. Therefore, they established waste collection, processing and disposal centers to prevent large-scale depletion of wastes by ships in territorial and international waters.
Khojasteh also announced the construction of a 'clean sea ship' at Bandar Abbas Shipyard, aiming at tackling marine pollution, and expressed his hope that the ship would be operationalized in the ports of the country as soon as possible.
Concluding, he highlighted the fact that low-sulphur fuel is one of the most important issues at the ports and maritime organization this year and stated that correspondence with the organizations, in particular the oil products distribution company, has been carried out. According to the estimates made for 2020, they need about 1.5 million tonnes of low sulphur fuel.