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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.


Global Warming Slowdown Tracked to Indian Ocean

Image courtesy: NOAA.

 Global surface warming has slowed since the start of the twenty-first century, while Pacific heat uptake was enhanced. Analyses of ocean heat content suggest that the warm water was transferred to the Indian Ocean, through the Indonesian straits, reports "Natue".  


India-ASEAN Naval Cooperation On

INS SARYU Joins Indian Navy Fleet. Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy's indigenous offshore patrol vessel, INS Saryu, will participate in a week-long ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx).   According to an official statement, the vessel is commanded by Cdr Sreekumar Pillai and operates under the Andaman and Nicobar


Indian Navy Monitoring Activities of China

Indian Navy Ship. Photo: Indian Navy

 Amid increasing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region, Navy Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan said that Indian Navy “minutely” monitors the activities of its Chinese counterpart in the region, reports PTI.   Underlining that India's maritime resources are directly linked to


Germany Looking to Dock Submarine Deal with India

Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: German Military

 The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is visiting India lobbying for the purchase of German Stealth Submarines and European military hardware, say local media.   Sources said that Ursula  talked of Eurofighter and [HDW] submarines in her discussions with Indian Defence


Indian Sailors Return Home after Five Month

Image: Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard

 Fourteen Indian troopers, who have been stranded on board an oil tanker off the coast of Bahrain since December have lastly left for home, says a report in Gulf Daily news.   They were among the 16-member crew of Mongolian vessel MT Surya Kuber


India, Iran Ink Port Deal Despite US Warning about Haste

India reached a deal on Wednesday to develop a strategic port in southeast Iran despite U.S. pressure not to rush into any such trade agreements before world powers clinch a final nuclear accord with Tehran.   Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and his Iranian counterpart Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi


Buoy Tender Vessel Delivered Ahead of Time under IRClass

MV Indira Point

  IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has just completed the new construction survey of a high value, technologically sophisticated Buoy Tender cum multi-purpose vessel built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (India) under single class.The new vessel MV Indira Point, 72 mts long,1350 tons DWT


High-Tech Buoy Tender Vessel Delivered

MV Indira Point (Photo courtesy of IRClass)

A newly built, technologically sophisticated buoy tender multipurpose vessel, MV Indira Point, was delivered to the Directorate General of Light Houses and Light Ships (DGLL India) in April after being completing ahead of schedule by India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd


China Lures India with Deep Sea Mining Cake

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Photo Credit: Press Information Bureau

 A week before Indian Prime Minister Narendara Modi is set to visit the country, China said it was ‘eager to cooperate’ with India on deep sea mining in the Indian Ocean, reports Press Trust of India.  China's sweetheart deal is to break through India's resistance to its


ZIM Expands Asia-ECSA Services

Pic by ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

 Israeli container carrier ZIM is expanding its Asia – South America East Coast (SAEC) via the Suez Canal at the end of May. The new service, Asia – East Coast Brazil (AEC), a collaboration with the SSA group, will allow ZIM to offer a second weekly service on this trade


New Naval Base Commissioned at Porbandar, India

 INS Sardar Patel, Naval Base at Porbandar, is commissioned by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. Photo: Press Information Bureau

 INS 'Sardar Patel', India's latest Naval establishment was commissioned at Porbandar in the Saurashtra region by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.    The strategically important new Naval base, named after India's first Home Minister Vallabhbhai Patel


India to Monitor Shipping in South China Sea

South China Sea Maritime Claims. Map by Stratfor

 As the disputed South China Sea heats up around the world, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) of India has Okayed a plan to virtually keep an eye on shipping in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, reports Tribune News Service.  


GAIL, IOC Join Dhamra LNG project

Photo: Gas Authority of India Limited

Gas Authority of India Limited (Gail) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to join Adani Group promoted Rs 5,000-crore ($805 mln)  Dhamra LNG Port (DPCL) project on the Odisha coast. The MoU comes within weeks of GAIL dropping plans to set up a


China, India Sign over $22 bln in Deals

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  China and India signed deals worth more than $22 billion in areas including renewable energy, ports, financing and industrial parks, an Indian embassy official said on Saturday. Namgya C. Khampa, of the Indian Embassy in China, made the remarks at the end of a three-day visit by Indian


Indian Prime Minister Visits HHI

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at HHI (Photo: HHI)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi visited Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), seeking increased partnership between the India’s shipbuilding industry and HHI.   HHI is reportedly the only Korean company the prime minister visits during his two-day stay in the country






 
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