India looks to liaise with European forces in Strait of Hormuz
The world’s third largest oil importing nation wants to deploy naval officers to the EMASOH.
India is looking to post naval officers with the European-led military mission to the Strait of Hormuz patrolling the region to ensure freedom of navigation for commercial ships.
According to The Hindu newspaper, the world’s third largest oil importing nation intends to send Naval Liaison Officers to the European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) in an effort to develop stronger links in the maritime world.
The Abu Dhabi-based EMASOH was organised by France and includes Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal.
The group was launched in response to Iran’s alleged harassment of commercial shipping that began last year with the sabotage of several tankers.
In April and May, the group conducted more than 20 patrols of the Strait of Hormuz and monitored the detention of the 22,400-dwt tanker SC Taipei (built 2000) in mid-April, when Iranian forces were said to have boarded the ship, taken it into their territorial and held it for several hours before letting it go.
The EMASOH operates in the area alongside the US-led International Maritime Security Construct and independent operations from Japan and South Korea. The EMASOH has said it works with all groups.
Roughly a fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz each day, making the waterway critical to the world economy.
Recently, though, the geopolitical conflict between Iran and the US has shifted to the Caribbean Sea, with Iran sending gasoline shipments to Venezuela.
The US had levied stringent sanctions against both countries in an attempt to topple their ruling regimes.
Iran is said to be sending another shipment to Venezuela, this time of parts to help fix its oil refineries.
The ship, the 22,882-dwt Golsan (built 1998), is in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1,400 nautical miles from Caracas.