Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni

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Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni
بندرامام خمینی
Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni is located in Iran
Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni
Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni
Coordinates: 30°26′08″N 49°06′20″E / 30.43556°N 49.10556°E / 30.43556; 49.10556Coordinates: 30°26′08″N 49°06′20″E / 30.43556°N 49.10556°E / 30.43556; 49.10556
Country Iran
BakhshBandar-e Emam Khomeyni
Population (2016 Census)
 • Total78,353 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)

Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni (Persian: بندرامام خمینی‎, also Romanized as Bandare Emm Xomeyni; formerly, Bandar Šâhpur)[2] is a city and capital of Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni District of Mahshahr County, Khuzestan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 67,078, in 14,681 families.[3]

Bandar Imam Khomeini is a port city on the Persian Gulf in Khūzestān Province, Iran. Before the 1979 Iranian Revolution, it was known as Bandar Shahpur. It is named after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The city is home to Petrochimi Bandar Imam basketball club, which plays in the Iranian Super League.

Port history[edit]

Bandar Imam Khomeini petrochemical complex, Musa Bay, Iran

The port is located at the terminus of the Trans-Iranian Railway linking the Persian Gulf with Tehran and on to the Caspian Sea.

During World War II it consisted only of a jetty, two shipping berths, a railhead and warehouses and a civilian settlement some miles distant.[4] The port was initially in German and Italian hands, but was stormed on August 25, 1941 by a combined British and Indian force supported by the Royal Navy.[5] A flotilla led by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Kanimbla had sailed up the waterways and in the raid captured eight Axis vessels, two gunboats and the floating dock. It was at time that, among others, the German ship Hohenfels fell into British hands and became Empire Kamal.

Thereafter it was administered by the US Army 482nd Port Battalion and served as a critical supply point for Allied military aid for Russia. The port facilities were also used for merchant and military vessel layup and repair. Three additional berths were built during the war.[4]

Port operations[edit]

The Bandar Imam[6] port is a transshipment point for containers, bulk and general cargo, with exclusive access to the facilities held by Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). In 2005 the Iranian Government proposed direct container shipments between the port and western Europe,[7] but negotiations with shipping lines for dedicated port facilities and access have not concluded.

The Port has seven terminals with 40 berths of about 6,500 metres frontage.[8]

Port facilities
Type Berths Depth
Quay length
General cargo 29 12 3512
Containers 5 11 1051
Grain silos 2 12 560
Barges 1 6 842
Gulf 1 5 307
Trans Terminal 1 4 75
Iron ore (unloading) 1 15 220

The terminals are supported by warehouses with a capacity of 171,000 m² and open storage areas covering 10.9 km².[8]



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  2. ^ Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3055122" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  3. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ a b "Bandar Shahpur (Now Bandar Khomeini) - World War II - Persian Gulf Command". Pars Times. 2008. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  5. ^ Brown, David (2001). The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean, Volume II. Routledge. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-7146-5205-4.
  6. ^ "Official Book Hotels for Cheap, up to 80% Off!". Agoda.
  7. ^ "Iran port may act as Europe link with Iraq". Lloyd's List Daily Commercial News. Informa Australia. 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  8. ^ a b "Port of Bandar Imam Khomeini". Abran Junub Shipping and Commercial Services. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-13.

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