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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


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


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


Demand for Offshore Vessels will Drive India’s Market

According to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, the shipbuilding and repair market in India is poised to pick up momentum with the increasing penetration of Indian shipbuilding companies in the offshore vessels (OSVs) segment. Indian companies have established strong credentials in the building and repair of OSV, resulting in a spike in orders for such vessels from the Indian industry. The limited capacities related to OSVs in leading shipbuilding nations such as Japan and South Korea are


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.


Kenya to Start Work on New Northern Seaport

Kenya will start construction work next month on a long-delayed new port to be built on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, the presidency announced on Monday. The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project is intended to include a port, new roads


India to Strengthen Naval Co-operation with Bangladesh

Image: Admiral Robin K. Dhowan at the Defence Headquarters in New Delhi (Indian Navy)

 In a move towards strengthening its defence ties with Bangladesh, India will be exploring new avenues for naval cooperation towards achieving comprehensive maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.   To this effect, Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan reached Bangladesh on a


Indonesia Upbeat Ahead of IORA Chair

Pic: Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

 Indonesia is gearing up to turn its foreign policy focus westward when its role as Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) chair begins later this year, reports Jakarta Post.   The country is ready to expand the promotion of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s


US Keen in Maritime Cooperation with India

Malabar 2014 : A Multilateral Naval exercise(Photo: Indian Navy)

 The US is keen in exploring great opportunities for co-operation on maritime issues with India, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations told members of the House Committee on Appropriations during a hearing, says a report by PTI.  


Japan Backs Beaching Yards in India

Leela Ship Recycling

Ship recycling yards in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh need to be part of the global scheme of sound ship recycling and those yards in Alang which have invested in fully upgrading their facilities to meet the terms of internationally-agreed rules should be rewarded by winning more business.


India to Raise $2B in Foreign Funding for Ports

The Mumbai cargo terminal (Photo courtesy of the Mumbai Port Trust)

The Indian government is planning on raising $2B in overseas funding for major port expansion, the Economic Times of India reported today. The funding will also be used to construct rail and road projects to connect the ports to the country's interior.


Indian Diesel Cargoes to Australia in Rare Move

India-Australia vessels booked despite higher freight costs; Chevron moving 1-2 cargoes a month to Australia. Indian diesel cargoes are being shipped to Australia in a rare move as rising competition from new Middle East refineries has made it more difficult to land the fuel in India's core


Shreyas Sails Back to Black on Shipping Growth

Photo: Shreyas Shipping and Logistics

 Shreyas Shipping and Logistics rebounded to a US $3.6 million net profit in the third fiscal quarter from a net loss of about $468,000 in the same period in 2013, driven by a significant growth in the shipping activity that has helped the company become a pan-India feeder line. 


Port of Antwerp Opens Training Centre in Mumbai

Image by The port of Antwerp Authority.

 Port of Antwerp in Belgium, the second largest port in Europe, is rolling out a training centre in Mumbai to offer training for port professionals in India. Temporary facilities are being used at the moment, until the new centre is ready, the company said in its press release. 


Modi Urges GE to Make Ships in India

Narendra Modi (Pic by Press Information Bureau, India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US-based General Electric (GE) to manufacture ships in India claiming that the country offers immense opportunities for the ship-building sector.  Pitching his government's 'Make in India' campaign


India Seize Russian Ship after 11-Hour Chase

Photo: Indian Coast Guard

 In a dramatic nightlong sea-air coordinated chase, the Indian Coast Guard ship interdicted a Russian Federation Flagged Cargo Vessel MV Sevastopol, which was under order of arrest issued by the Madras High Court, about 100 nautical miles north-west of Mumbai.  


India's $8 Billion Warships Project on Track

India's government has cleared a $8 billion plan to build the country's most advanced warships, defence sources said, just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean. Since taking over last year


Five More Tankers under Crowley Management

Photo: Arya Tankers

Crowley Accord Management Pvt. Ltd., the international ship management venture managed globally by Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group, was awarded full technical management contracts for five new tankers. These tankers will be joined in the coming weeks by three more


Norway-India Partnership in Polar Research

Pic by Norwegian Polar Institute

 India and Norway closer to one another in questions related to Polar Research and a new proposal for polar research co-operation is on the anvil, reports Press Trust of India.   The Norwegian Research Council and the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India will announce a new proposal for


India to Make Cruise Tourism Sail

Image by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala

 With its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, India may get some fillip in cruise tourism in the months to come.   A report in Business Standard says that a high-level meeting of the Bureau of Immigration






 
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