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India's Coastguard Saves Abandoned Cargo Ship Crew

India's coastguard rescued 30 crewmen who abandoned a Vietnamese cargo ship carrying 13,200 tons of potash fertilizer on Tuesday after it began sinking off the east coast of India, a port official said. "The 30 crew members of the MV Lucnam have been rescued by the Indian Coast Guard and vessels from the Calcutta Port Trust," a port spokesman said The ship, owned by the state-run Vietnam Ocean Shipping Co, was sinking at Sandheads at the mouth of Bay of Bengal, approximately 145 miles south of the eastern city of Calcutta.


MV Jahan Moni Pirated in Somali Basin

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 5 December, the MV Jahan Moni was pirated in the Somali Basin, approximately 1300 nautical miles East of Eyl (Somalia), and only 300 nautical miles from the Indian coast. The Bangladesh-flagged bulk carrier has a crew of 26, all of whom are reported to be Bangladeshi. Including the MV Jahan Moni, pirates are currently holding 23 vessels, with 547 hostages.  


J. Ray McDermott Completes Offshore Jacket

J. Ray McDermott’s Morgan City, La., fabrication facility successfully completed the load out recently of a 9,015 short-ton jacket built for Reliance Industries Ltd., as part of an engineering, procurement, construction and installation deal. The load-out was the culmination of just over 12 months of work building the jacket destined for the KG-D6 field off the eastern Indian coast. This is the first structure we have built here at Morgan City for export to India,” said Bob Deason


Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems for New Indian CG Vessels

New Patrol Boat: Artists impression courtesy of Indian Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation to supply advanced shipboard navigation systems for 20 fast patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard. Under the contract, awarded through the company's Indian reseller Marine Electricals Ltd., Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit will provide a navigation package including VisionMaster™ Total Watch™ multifunction displays, electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), autopilot


Detained Security Mothership Probed by Indian Government

MV Seaman Guard Ohio: Photo courtesy of Owners, AdvanFort

Taking a serious view of the suspicious movement of the American-owned ship, 'MV Seaman Guard Ohio' in Indian waters, the Central Indian Government seeks a report from the Tamil Nadu Government on the vessel which was detained for carrying arms and buying diesel fuel without authorization in India, reports 'The Times of India'. The home ministry conveyed to the Tamil Nadu Government and other agencies involved in probing the case to find out details of the ship


Somali Pirates Shifting Towards India

Pic: Manohar Parrikars Facebook Page

 Somali pirates, after being neutralized by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, says Indian Defence minister Manohar Parrikar.   Because their (shipping) lanes are heavily guarded, they have moved 30-40 nautical miles, although they still are 450 nautical miles away from India.   Somali pirates have been a threat to international shipping in the Indian Ocean and especially in the


Dometic Appoints Aisa Pacific Regional Manager

Dennis Chiang

Supplier of marine air conditioning and sanitation equipment Dometic Marine has announced the promotion of Dennis Chiang to Asia Pacific Marine Divisional Manager. Singapore-based Chiang has been with Dometic Marine for just longer than two years as Regional Marine OE & AM Sales Manager for Asia Pacific, and has been working with Dometic products for the past ten years. Air conditioning, toilet, refrigeration and galley specialist Dometic Marine is targeting rapid growth in the Asia


First Japan-India Maritime Exercise in Indian Waters

The first ever Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) to be conducted in waters off the Indian coast is scheduled in the Bay of Bengal from December 19-22, 2013. The Indian Navy will be represented by the indigenously built stealth frigate INS Satpura, the Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvijay and missile corvette INS Kuthar. From the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) two Guided Missile destroyers, JS Ariake (with Commander Escort Division – 7 embarked)


U.S. Anti-Piracy Ship Crew Treatment in India 'An Outrage'

MV Seaman Guard Ohio: Photo courtesy of Advanfort

The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P), says 35 U.S. anti-piracy ship crew members are being treated unfairly, following the arrrest of their ship, 'Seaman Guard Ohio', describing it as 'an outrage' that they are being subjected to inhumane conditions in an Indian prison. MM&P inform that officials are withholding proper medical treatment, bathing facilities and adequate food and, additionally


Fast Patrol Vessel launched by Cochin Shipyard

ICGS APOORVA (Courtesy: Cochin Shipyard Ltd)

 Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has launched the 14th of the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) being built for the Indian Coast Guard.    With this, CSL said, it has accomplished a rare feat of achieving three ship building milestones viz, keel laying, launching and delivery of three different ships of a project, on the same day.    The vessel ‘ICGS APOORVA’ was launched by Vijaya Goyal, wife of IG S K Goyal in a simple ceremony at Cochin Shipyard.


India May Add Japanese Soryu-Class Submarines to its Fleet

Japanese Submarines:  The Council of the City of Sydney

 India is reportedly considering a project to incorporate six Japanese Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines into its fleet, says The Japan Times.   The Defense Minister of India Manohar Parrikar has expressed his readiness to consider acquiring Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines


China Maritime Silk Road to Touch India for Namesake

 Pic: The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, also known as One Belt, One Road

 Chinese officials on Saturday fleshed out some details for the country's ambitious 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project in its “one belt, one road,” action plan.   Though the plan released by China’s economic planning agency and the commerce and foreign


Germany Fights for Indian Submarine Contract

Image: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

 German giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the parent company of leading submarine builder HDW, will offer India its HDW Class 214 vessel, with an eye to huge project of Indian Navy for six submarines, reports PTI.   


India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

Indian Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. Courtesy: Photo Division, PIB

 India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea.  


Shortage in Supramax

Supramax bulk carrier (Pic: United Seven GmbH & Co)

 As tonnage in the East Coast South America (ECSA) region continued to outnumber fresh grain requirements, Supramax front-haul freight rates fell this week, reports Platts, quoting shipping sources.   The rate for carrying a 50,000 mt grain stem from ECSA to the Far East continued at


Iranian Navy Claims as Forerunner of Fight against Maritime Terrorism

Irans New Home-Made Destroyer Damavand (Photo by Iranian Navy)

 Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iranian Navy is a “symbol of fight against maritime terrorism and establishing security”   He underscored his forces' high level of preparedness to push back any possible threat to the nation


GAIL Tries Again for LNG Ships

Picture: GAIL (India) Limited

 India's state-owned Gail India Ltd would reissue the multi-billion dollar tender to build three massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in India with “changed norms”, reports Financial Express.   There has been news that GAIL has scrapped a tender that would have led


Odisha wants to be a Maritime Gateway of India

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurate international Conference on India and Indian Ocean at Bhubaneswar. (Photo Courtesy: Ashok Panda, Odisha Diary)

 Odisha has the opportunity to reclaim its trade and cultural relations with nations in the Indian Ocean Region. The state can become the maritime gateway of India once again, said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.   Recollecting the rich trade practice of Kalinga merchants


Goa Shipyard Seeks Foreign Tie-up for $5.3 billion Navy Order for MCMVs

Image: Goa Shipyard Ltd

 India's Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has decided to tie up with the foreign yards for the technology transfer required to create these high-tech ships, after bagging the deal to build Mines Counter-Measures Vessels (MCMVs) for the Indian Navy.  


Milaha Rolls Out First Direct Qatar-India Service

Image by Milaha Maritime & Logistics

 Milaha Maritime and Logistics, a subsidiary of Milaha Group, launched its first direct container service, known as the Nhava Sheva Doha Express (NDX), between Qatar’s Doha port and India’s port Nhava Sheva in Mumbai.  


Milaha launches Qatar - India Service

Khalifa Ali Al Hitmi

Milaha Maritime & Logistics, a subsidiary of the Qatar based Milaha Group which delivers integrated transport and supply chain solutions in the GCC, has announced the launch of the first direct container service between Qatar and India. The non-stop service will connect Qatar’s Doha


India to Promote Indian Ocean Rim and Coastal Tourism

Photo by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

 The government of India will focus more on promoting the coastal tourism circuit and Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) tourism.   Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation stressed the importance of developing


South East Asia Shipping Piracy Hotspot

Image:  Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)

 Piracy attacks in South East Asian waters are up year-on-year, as are incidents in the Indian subcontinent, with Bangladesh a new hotspot, reveals Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015.  


Kenya Ready to Start Work at Northern Port

Kenya is ready to begin work on the first three berths at a long-delayed port on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his annual State of the Nation address on Thursday. The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project


APM Terminals Mumbai Welcomes China Shipping

APM Terminals Mumbai team commemorating HS Paris maiden call

  APM Terminals Mumbai welcomed China Shipping Container Line’s HS Paris on March 20th, on her maiden call as part of the Middle East-Indian Subcontinent-North America (MINA) Service, jointly operated by the United Arab Shipping Company, Hanjin Shipping, CMA CGM and China Shipping






 
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