Bandar Abbas


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Bandar Abbas

(bändär` äb-bäs`), city (1991 pop. 249,504), S Iran, on the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. A port of strategic and commercial importance, it is the focal point of the trade routes of S Iran. It was long noted for its trade with India. The town has food processing, textile, and oil refining industries; cotton, rugs, nuts, and dates are exported. Early in the 16th cent. the Portuguese established themselves in the region, seizing the islands in the strait and using the town, which they fortified and called Gamru, as a mainland port. Shah Abbas I recaptured (c.1615) the town and later the islands. The Dutch (without the shah's consent) and the English (with the shah's approval) subsequently set up trading stations there; they called the town Gombroon. In 1622, Shah Abbas renamed the town Bandar Abbas (port of Abbas) and developed it into a major port. Bandar Abbas began to lose importance in the late 1800s, especially after the opening of the Trans-Iranian RR terminal at the head of the Persian Gulf.
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The Iranian Navy's 36th flotilla of warships left Bandar Abbas port, in Southern Hormuzgan province, for the Gulf of Aden in late September to protect the country's vessels.
This year, Iran launched a train from Sarakhs to Bandar Abbas, travelling the 1,620 kilometer distance in 54 hours.
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The Washington Post reported that the "Fly Dubai" aircraft, chartered by the international force, had to make emergency landing at Bandar Abbas due to fuel shortage.
The Pakistani navy fleet is berthed in Bandar Abbas port since a few days ago to take part in the joint naval exercises with Iran.
The most important program of the Pakistani fleet, during its stay in Bandar Abbas, is to launch joint maneuvers with selected units of Iran's Navy in eastern waters of the Hormuz Strait,' he said.
5 mlpd of regular gasoline and nearly 8 mlpd of Euro-5 standard gas oil are important achievements of the gasoline production project in Bandar Abbas Oil Refining Company," the official said.
27 ( ANI ): In an attempt to end the stalemate over detention of an Indian oil tanker by Iranian authorities at Bandar Abbas port, Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh met Iranian Ambassador at the South Block here on Tuesday, and conveyed India's strong concerns and expressed hope that the ship would be released at an early date.
Iranian state television has shown amateur footage of crew members on board a ship, taking fuel from Dubai to Iran's Bandar Abbas port, being rescued.