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India, Sri Lanka Exchange Fishermen at Maritime Border

Picture: Indian Coast Guard

 Sri Lanka and India exchanged the fishermen who were detained in each other's jails for trespassing into their territorial waters.  A total of 15 Indian fishermen, who were in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities, reached Karaikal, while Indian Coast Guard handed over 10 Lankan fishermen and two of their boats to the Island's Coast Guard.   According to an official release, Coast Guard ship ICGS Rajdhwaj received the Indian fishermen from Lankan authorities near the Indo Lankan Maritime Boundary Line and handed them over to fisheries officials at Karaikal. The ship also handed over 10 Lankan fishermen and their two boats, which were released from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.   The respective Coast Guards have repatriated a total of 1,112 Indian fishermen and 165 boats and 423 Lankan fishermen and 60 boats in 2014, it added.    Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera meeting his Indian counterpart Minister Sushma Swaraj on 18 January said Sri Lanka will work on a way to return about 87 Indian fishermen's fishing boats seized by the Sri Lankan authorities.  


EU to Ban Fish from Sri Lanka, Saying Lax on Illegal Fishing

The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal fishing properly and lifted a ban on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices. The Commission on Tuesday also lifted warnings on Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, saying they had implemented concrete measures to combat illegal fishing. The four countries thus avoided being placed on the "red list" of nations that are not allowed to sell fish to


ShipConstructor Expands Presence in South Asia

ShipConstructor Software Inc. (SSI) is expanding its presence in Korea, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with the appointment of new dealers Nova Solution Corporation and Harsha Marine Designers. The former be SSI’s dealer in the Korean market, and the latter will represent India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.


Sri Lanka Navy Thwarts Attack on Passenger Ship

Sri Lanka Navy thwarted Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militant attacks and saved the lives of 854 unarmed soldiers, who traveled from Kankesanthurai to Trincomalee in a passenger vessel on August 1. According to report Sri Lanka Naval sea unit confronted a cluster of LTTE suicide boats at the harbor entrance of Trincomalee. Naval sources confirmed that the passenger vessel has been navigated to a distance safely into the international waters and no casualties were caused during the


Sri Lanka Declared War Risk Zone, Shipowners to Pay

Sri Lanka Declared War Risk Zone, Shipowners to Pay Sri Lanka said Lloyds of London has declared the country as a war-risk zone which could result in hefty surcharges for ships entering the country's main port and hurt the trade-dependent economy. Surcharges of up to $150,000 could be slapped on larger ships entering Colombo port along with further charges for the amount of cargo carried. "Reinsurers in London have imposed a surcharge on insurance which we feel is completely unreasonable


India's Naval Help to Small Indian Ocean Nations

Narendra Modi (by Indian Prime Minister Website)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assigned senior officials in the Ministry of Defence with a task to “identify” and “support” maritime needs of smaller nations in the IOR is being undertaken so as to counter the Chinese presence in the region, says government sources.   This forms a strategy in which the government is looking at supporting the maritime infrastructure of friendly foreign countries


S. Korea Pledges to Protect Ships from Piracy

According to a Jan. 17 report from Yonhap, South Korea condemned piracy and pledged to take better measures to protect its ships from the "unacceptable" act after Somali pirates were suspected of seizing a cargo ship over the weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 15, an 11,500-ton South Korean chemical freighter, the Samho Jewelry, was hijacked in the Arabian Sea as the ship was en route to Sri Lanka from the United Arab Emirates with 21 crew members aboard. (Source: Yonhap)


Two More Ships for Colombo Dockyard

According to a report from the Daily News out of Sri Lanka, the Colombo Dockyard undertook to handle two LPG carriers which will generate around $1.6m to the country, Colombo Dockyard Managing Director Mangala Yapa told Daily News Business. The Shipping Corporation of India, owned LPG carriers Nanga Parbat (17,601DWT) and Anapurna (17,601DWT) sister ships called in for lay up and dry docking repairs during February and March 2011 respectively.   (Source: Daily News)


IMF Launches Asian Drive to Improve FOC Conditions

Union activists in India & Sri Lanka inspected flag of convenience vessels at ports across South Asia to help improve seafarers’ pay & conditions. Riding on the success of the first staggered week of action in October, dockers’ and seafarers’ unionists in India and Sri Lanka covered ports in the region including Chennai, Colombo, Haldia, Kochi, Kolkata and Paradip. Unions also inspected vessels at private terminals in ports owned by multinational companies


Hamburg Leads Foreign Trade with India

A joint delegation consisting of representatives of Hamburg’s port-related industries and the marketing organization for Finland’s transport and logistics sector, Straight-way Finland, visited the Indian port city of Mumbai this week. At a workshop organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK), Axel Mattern from HHM, Thomas Lütje and Bernt Wegener from HHLA Container Terminals GmbH


CaroTrans Adds New Asia-US Service

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CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new all-water LCL (less than container-load) import service from Shanghai to Atlanta via the Port of Savannah.  It is a 32-day transit


Elcome Enters Sales, Service Deal with JRC

Image: JRC

Elcome International has signed a distribution agreement with Japan Radio Company (JRC) and its technology partner Alphatron Marine.   Under the agreement, the Dubai-based company will take on responsibility for sales and service of JRC and Alphatron Marine products in the Middle East


Sri Lanka Says No to Docking of Chinese Submarines

Image: The Directorate General of Merchant Shipping

 Sri Lanka declared that it will not allow Chinese submarines to dock in its waters as part of a new policy barring hosting of foreign submarines.   Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Saturday in Beijing that the new government in Colombo will not allow 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


MSC's Falcon Service Between Asia and M.E.

Courtesy MSC

  Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced the start of a new dedicated service between Asia and the Middle East called the New Falcon service. Once the service commences, customers can enjoy improved transit times to Jebel Ali, 24 days from Xingang, 20 days from Shanghai


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


Sri Lanka Backs China Port City Deal After Threat to Cancel

Sri Lanka's cabinet said on Thursday it would allow a $1.5 billion "port city" deal with China to go ahead, apparently dropping its earlier threats to cancel the project, approved by the last government. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said new President Maithripala Sirisena would


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


Sri Lanka Softens Stance on China Port City dealD

Sri Lanka's new government said on Thursday it might renegotiate a $1.5 billion "port city" deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd, softening its pre-election threat to scrap the project.   New Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, before last month's presidential vote


Iranian Naval Fleet in Rescue Mission

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (Courtesy:  IRGC - Iran)

In a bid to protect cargo ships and oil tankers in international waters, the Iranian Navy’s 33rd fleet of warships departed for the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea on Sunday, says Tasnim News Agency.  The naval fleet consists of Vice-Admiral Qandi destroyer


Generaly Rate Restoration by CMA CGM

  In a continued effort to provide quality services, CMA CGM group hereby informs of a Rate Restoration Program: Effective February 5th, 2015: From India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka ports to North Europe, Med Sea, Scandinavia, Baltic, Black Sea, North Africa, Central American


Sri Lanka Opposition Vows to Scrap China Port Deal if Wins Election

A leader of Sri Lanka's opposition said he would scrap a $1.5 billion deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd to build a port city if the challenger to President Mahinda Rajapaksa wins next month's election. Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the project


Sri Lanka Cuts Fuel Price Ahead of Elections

  Sri Lanka slashed fuel prices by up to nearly 6 percent on Saturday to reflect falling global oil prices and said it would forgo subsidies and allow market forces to determine prices at the pumps from now on. The fuel price reduction comes ahead of snap presidential elections in January


Maersk to Introduce Low Sulphur Surcharge

Low Sulphur Surcharge

  To offset the additional cost incurred by switching to cleaner fuels in Emission Control Areas, as required by the new regulation, Maersk Line will introduce a new Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS). The surcharge will be effective from 1 January 2015 and affect all cargo with load port


Wärtsilä Propulsion and Design for Two OSVs

The new anchor handling offshore support vessel designed by Wärtsilä, to be equipped with a Wärtsilä integrated propulsion system

Two new 150-ton-bollard-pull anchor handling offshore support vessels (AHOSVs) being built at the Colombo Dockyard in Sri Lanka have been designed by Wärtsilä and will be powered by Wärtsilä integrated propulsion systems. The order was placed in August and the equipment is






 
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