Maritime Cooperation Current Affairs - 2020

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Task Force Meet: India and Norway to strengthen their BLUE ECONOMY PARTNERSHIP

In January 2019, India and Norway jointly inaugurated a Task Force of Blue Economy for Sustainable Development. The third meet of the task force was held on February 18, 2020.

They also launched a new collaboration of Integrated Ocean Management and Research at the meet.

Highlights

India and Norway have been strengthening their ties making Indo-Norwegian Ocean Cooperation as a key pillar in their bilateral relationship. The task force aims at mobilizing stakeholders of India and Norway at the highest level to ensure progress across ministries and agencies.

Significance

India being the largest democracy plays a major role in sustainable development both globally and regionally. Also, 15% of Indian population residing in Norway are in the coastal region. Above all, 70% of the Norwegian Economy depends on maritime industry of the country.

The task force was set up at the India Norway Business Summit.

India Norway Business Summit

The Summit was held in New Delhi in January 2019 during the visit of Norwegian PM to India. Around 15 MoUs were signed at the summit. It includes sustainable sea food production, smart grids, energy markets, green shipping, digital solutions, etc. Green shipping is use of LNG.

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INS Jamuna deployed on Hydrographic Survey off coast Sri Lanka

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Jamuna has been deployed in the shores of Sri Lanka to carry out a joint Hydrographic survey. The survey is to be conducted for 2 months time period.

Highlights

India and Sri Lanka together are to carry out Hydrographic survey and also shore based survey activities for a period of 2 months. Apart from surveying, the Sri Lankan Naval Officers will be provided survey training.

Hydrographic Survey

The Hydographic survey is the measurement and study of features that affect maritime navigation. It also includes offshore oil exploration, dredging, oil drilling and other related activities. The standards and specifications to conduct the survey is released by International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). It was established in 1921. The main aim of IHO is to make sure world seas are surveyed and charted properly.

Till October 2019, IHO consists of 93 members. India is also a member.

Indian Naval Hydrographic Department

The office of the department is located in Dehradun. Currently 8 Indian Naval Ships are deployed in the hydrographic surveys. It includes INS Nirupak, INS Jamuna, INS Investigator, INS Sutlej, INS Sandhayak, INS Darshak, INS Sarvekshak

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