Cruise tourism Current Affairs - 2020

Commemorative stamps released on 150th celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust

On January 12, 2020, PM Modi attended the 150th celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust. During the celebration, the prime minister launched commemorative stamps of the port trust.


During the celebrations, the PM also launched Rs 600 crore worth port development activities. It includes upgrade of a ship repair facility, upgraded railway infrastructure for the port and also river front development schemes. The river front development schemes include cruise-based tourism, water parks, sea museums, aquariums. The GoI currently runs 150 cruise ships in the country. The number is to be increased to 1000 and West Bengal is to play an active role in it.

At the event, Rs 501 crores were provided to as final instalment to retired employees to meet the deficit of pension.

The PM also inaugurated Pritilata Chhatra Avas and Kaushal Vikas Kendra for 200 tribal girls in the Sunderbans region. The Kaushal Vikas Kendra are skill development centres for the youth of the country. They are established under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.

Shyama Prasad Mukherjee

During the event the Kolkata port trust was renamed as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee port. He was the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He laid the stone for the development of Chittaranjan Locomotive Factory, Damodar Valley Corporation and Hindustan Aircraft Factory.

The Bharatiya Jana Sangh was the predecessor to Bharatiya Janata Party. Mukherjee strongly opposed Article 370.

First BIMSTEC Ports Conclave at Visakhapatnam

Between November 7 and November 8, 2019, the Ministry of shipping is hosting the first ever BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is an international organization that involves South East Asian and South Asian countries. India’s growing interests in the region makes the conclave crucial and significant. Also, the conclave will be a path way for India’s maritime security measures and its interests in the Indo-Pacific region

Highlights of the event

  • The investment opportunities and best practices adopted for productivity and safety of the ports are to be discussed in the event.
  • The Conclave includes sessions on “Port led Industrial Development and Tourism Development”
  • The Conclave will also encourage Cruise Tourism. BIMSTEC nations with diverse historical and cultural heritages are ideal places to develop Cruise Tourism
  • The Conclave will also adopt new technological solutions to maximize efficiency and productivity of the available spaces, time and resources in the ports. With the region being one of the fastest growing markets in the world, the supply chain are necessitating expansion beyond national boundaries, resulting in putting tremendous pressure on existing port infrastructure.
  • The other discussions in the conclave are as follows
    • Emergent roles of ports in the global supply chain
    • Safe and Secure ports
    • Port Services-Delivering Value
    • Green Port Operations