The Port Health Organisation, Cochin was established in the year 1942 to ensure prevention of entry of Quarantinable diseases (Diseases subjected to International Health Regulations) into the country under Indian Port Health Rules 1955. Port Health Organisation, Cochin is a subordinate office under Directorate General of Health Services under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman bhavan, New Delhi.
Cochin Port is an all-weather natural port. Among all the Indian Ports, Cochin is located closest to the international routes, being only 11 nautical miles from the Gulf to Singapore route and 70 nautical miles from the Suez Canal – Far East route.
Cochin seaport is one of the major sea port designated by World Health Organisation as International Sanitary Port in the western Coastline of the Indian subcontinent.