Indian Ocean Current Affairs - 2020

India’s first trans-shipment hub in Cochin port, Kerala

On July 15, 2020, the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Manasukh Mandaviya reviewed the development activities of Vallarpadam terminal at Cochin. The terminal accommodates India’s first trans-shipment hub.

What is Trans-Shipment Hub?

A Trans-Shipment Hub handles containers and stores them temporarily. Later it transfers them to other ships for onward destination.

The Vallarpadam terminal of Cochin seaport where the hub is located is the most preferred gateway for South India and also a leading trans-shipment hub for South Asia.

Why was Cochin Port selected for the hub?

The port is best positioned Indian port in terms of proximity to international sea routes. The port is located at least nautical distance from feeder ports of India. It also has connectivity to hinterland markets of India. The port has infrastructure to manage large ships.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to set up Permanent Base in the Indian Ocean

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has announced that it will set up its permanent military base in the Indian ocean by March next year. The announcement was made by Alireza Tangsiri on 23rd June 2020. Alireza Tangsiri is the Navy Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The Navy Commander informed that the move of setting up a Permanent Base in the Indian Ocean is as per the instructions by Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He further added that the move of setting up a permanent presence far away from the country in the waters was taken as a result of repeated harassment faced by Iranian Fishermen in the ocean from pirates and even encroachments made by foreign vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was established on the order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (1st Supreme Leader of Iran). It is a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces. It was founded on 22nd April 1979 after the Iranian Revolution.

At present, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.