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Royal Australian Navy Chairs Indian Ocean Symposium

IONS: Photo credit RAN

The Royal Australian Navy is currently chairing the group of world navies whose nations share boundaries with the Indian Ocean at he biennial Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) which was established in 2008 as a forum to increase maritime cooperation among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, was handed Chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium group by Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Sagaren L Pillay SM, MMM representing the former chair, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane of the South African Navy, at the opening in Perth, Western Australia. IONS 2014 was officially opened by the Senator the Honourable Michaela Cash, who delivered the keynote address. Over the next three days, the participating navies will discuss issues affecting the Indian Ocean, with a specific emphasis on protecting the ability to trade in the Indian Ocean maritime economy.   “The Indian Ocean is one of the most strategically important bodies of water in the world, specifically with regard to trade. Security and stability in the Indian Ocean is vital to Australia’s economy and our way of life,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.   “Security in the Indian Ocean is a responsibility shared between all of the nations that have a maritime border on this strategically important body of water. Bringing all of these nations together to work in partnership is about working smarter to achieve our mission


Happy Reunion with CMA CGM

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM is offering more Reunion Island services as it positions the French department to be its hub in the Indian Ocean.   CMA CGM presented its new strengthened services offer linking the Reunion Island during the inauguration of the Group’s new offices, on Tuesday 26th January. The event took place the day before the inauguration of the New Port Reunion. The Reunion Island now becomes CMA CGM Group’s maritime hub in the Indian Ocean.  


Navy Seizes Suspected Pirate Ship

The Norfolk, Va.-based USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) seized a suspected pirate ship 87 km (54 nm) off the coast of Somalia. The Navy says the vessel stopped 54 miles off the coast of Somalia after the Churchill fired warning shots. U-S sailors boarded the ship and confiscated small arms. The ship (a dhow) is suspected of having fired on a merchant vessel passing off the coast of Somalia. There were 16 Indians and 10 Somalis aboard the dhow, along with various small arms


India Intends To Become Significant Maritime Player

India’s defense minister declared the country’s intention to be able to project maritime force throughout the Indian Ocean, underscoring the shift toward a littoral-warfare capability. About 40 percent of the world’s sea traffic passes through the Malacca Strait between Malaysia and Indonesia, including ships carrying oil from the Persian Gulf. Indian military strategists are concentrating on protecting the approaches to these sea lanes


Global IP Extends Mobility Offering with Intelsat

Global IP to introduce Ku-band maritime services to oil, gas and energy customers across the vast Indian Ocean region. Intelsat S.A., a  provider of satellite services, announced today that Spain-based Global IP, a provider of satellite communications for maritime, energy and corporate customers, has signed multi-year agreements allowing it to provide broadband service to its maritime customers in the Indian Ocean region


Australia Bolsters SAR in Indian Ocean Region

AMSA leading program to strengthen search and rescue capabilities in Indian Ocean region   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it has commenced its Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Partnership Program this week with counterpart agencies in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius.   This program is being delivered as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Government Partnerships for Development program


TSS Extends High-Speed On Demand Maritime Service

Telenor Satellite Services (TSS) now offers high-speed 128 kbps maritime satellite communications service globally. Telenor has added Pacific Ocean coverage to its existing Fleet F77 128 kbps service in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions. The service is terminated at the company’s Pacific Ocean teleport in Santa Paula, California.


India-US “New Vision” for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Pic: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 India and the USA on Sunday released a Joint Strategic Vision statement for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region, marking the deepening strategic equation between the two nations.  The partnership is expected to cover a wide sphere of influence that would extend from Africa to the far reaches of East Asia.   The statement, which is likely to irk China, reaffirms both India and America's concerns on maritime disputes in the South China seas


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.   Great opportunity has emerged after the bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, he said.   Analysts pointed out that Both India and the United States will gain extra leverage against China


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 attempt to access the Indian Ocean. It is offering India an opportunity to participate in joint seabed mining in the ocean, where large deposits of gold and silver have reportedly been discovered.


Pirates Switch to Kidnapping Crew as Oil Fetches Less

Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday.   Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea - a significant source of oil


GSL Patrol Boats for Mauritius Coast Guard

Courtesy Mauritius Coast Guard Service

Mauritius is an island nation in the southwestern Indian Ocean. The country has just 2,040 square kilometers of land on several islands but a huge exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 2.3 million square kilometers. The major challenge of patrolling this vast area of the Indian Ocean became somewhat


KOTUG Begins Operations in Mozambique

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG Mozambique has begun exclusive port and terminal towage services with two Rotortugs in the new port of Nacala-a-Velha in northern Mozambique for Nacala Development Corridor (CDN), effective May 5, 2016.   The RT Magic and RT Spirit welcomed the largest bulk carrier Shining Dragon


Iranian Port Deal: Modi's Masterstroke

Photo: Presidential Office of Iran

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a deal to develop the Chabahar port in Iran for which India will extend $500 million. The historic pact makes Chabahar the first foreign port which India is involved in developing to such a large extent.    


RV Sally Ride Completes Builder's Trials

R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28) is prepared for a christening ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. R/V Sally Ride is the second in the Neil Armstrong-class of research vessels and features a modern suite of oceanographic and acoustic ocean mapping equipment. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

The U.S. Navy's new Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research Vessel (AGOR), R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28), has completed builder's trials, February 21, off the coast of Anacortes, Wash.   Builder's trials for Sally Ride tested various shipboard systems and ensured readiness prior to


HMAS Melbourne Returns from M.E.

HMAS Melbourne draws alongside the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney

After five successful narcotic seizures in the Middle East and 203 days away from home, Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Melbourne was welcomed back to her homeport of Sydney today.   Around one thousand family and friends joined the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne


Maiden Voyage for China's First Self-Propelled Floating Dock

Photo: Peoples Liberation Army

 China's first self-propelled floating dock Huachuan I began its inaugural sailing recently, which opens a new era, the official People's Liberation Army Daily said.    With it, large ships can be repaired at sea instead of only on the shore


Mombasa Port Traffic up 7.5% in 2015

Container traffic through Kenya's biggest port grew by 7.5 percent in 2015 after new cargo-handling infrastructure was built, shortening the turnaround time for ships, port management said on Tuesday.   The Indian Ocean port of Mombasa


China Navy Launches First Self-propelled Floating Dock

China's navy has launched its first self-propelled floating dock, giving it the ability to repair warships far from the coast, the official People's Liberation Army Daily said on Tuesday, Beijing's latest move to modernize its navy.  


Ships Instructed to Avoid Piracy-prone Waters around S. Philippines

The Indonesian Navy has instructed all commercial vessels to avoid piracy-prone waters around the southern Philippines, a spokesman for the Indonesian military said on Thursday, following a spate of kidnappings and piracy in recent weeks.  


Piracy: Indonesia Could be the New Somalia

Image: Indonesian Navy

 Commercial ships have been told to avoid shipping routes around Indonesia and Philippines amid fears that piracy could be reaching Somalian levels, according to Reuters.    Luhut Pandjaitan, Chief Security Minister for Indonesia


IMO Supporting Kenya’s Maritime Security

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is leading a maritime security table-top exercise in Mombasa, Kenya (April 21-22) as part of the Organization’s continuing work to implement the Djibouti Code of Conduct.   


US-India Martime Partnership Speeds Ahead

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 India and the United States have agreed to strengthen their cooperation on maritime security, as concerns grow in Washington over Beijing’s growing military ambitions, reports AFP.   India and the USA had agreed to two new projects under the Defence Trade and Technology


India to Take Part in Maritime Drill in South China Sea

INS Airavat. Photo: Indian Navy

 India will join US and Japan conduct joint naval exercises in the northern waters of the Philippine Sea, an area close to the East and South China Seas where Beijing is locked in an increasingly tense standoff with other countries.  


Oceans Gasping for Breath, Oxygen Running Low!

Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. Image Credit: NCAR

 Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.   Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world






 
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