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Gulf of Hormuz UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • Indian officials said they were in touch with Iranian authorities after an Israel-affiliated container vessel MSC Aries was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in the Gulf of Hormuz on Saturday. 

  • There were 17 Indians among the 25 crew members on board the Portuguese-flagged vessel, including the Master of the ship, as well as four Filipinos, two Pakistanis, one Russian, and one Estonian, official sources said.

  • The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow body of water that separates Iran on the north from Oman and the United Arab Emirates on the south. 

  • It's a crucial waterway as it provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean. 

  • Around one-third of the world's oil transported by sea travels through the Strait of Hormuz, making it a strategically important chokepoint.

  • The strait is roughly 90 miles long and varies in width from 21 to 52 nautical miles

  • Despite its narrowness, the Strait of Hormuz is deep enough to accommodate large oil tankers.

  • The Strait of Hormuz has been a significant shipping lane for centuries. 

  • In the past, it was a key point for trade in luxury goods from the vast hinterlands that bordered the Persian Gulf. 

  • Today, it remains an essential route for global trade, and any disruption to shipping through the strait can have a significant impact on the world economy.

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