Malaysia to Pay up to $70 Mln if MH370 is Found
Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a U.S. seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within 90 days of embarking on a new search in the Southern Indian ocean. The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($157 million) search of a 120,000 sq.
Japanese FM Visits Colombo Port
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has visited the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Kono was briefed by Sri Lankan government officials about a project under consideration to expand the port. The Japanese Foreign Minister also visited the newly built control tower and the Colombo Port Expansion Project currently known as the Colombo south Port. Colombo is the largest port in Sri Lanka, which is a strategically important point in Indian Ocean sea lanes. Taro Kono was briefed by the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr.
US Firm Gets Go-ahead to Resume MH370 Search
Malaysia will allow a U.S.-based exploration firm to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline support group told families of the victims on Friday, in a bid to solve one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless search in January last year. An email, sent from the MH Family Support Centre and seen by Reuters…
US Firm Expects MH370 Search Contract Soon
U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity on Wednesday said it was moving a vessel closer to a possible search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as it soon expects to be awarded a contract by Malaysia to resume the search. The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($156.62 million) search in January last year.
Magufuli Bans Registration of Foreign Ships in Tanzania
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity. The ban came after at least five foreign-owned ships flying Tanzania's flag were seized in various parts of the world carrying illegal consignments of weapons and narcotics. The maritime authority in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar has in previous years been…
Modi Makes Waves in Indian Ocean
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived back home after five days tour of three Indian Ocean countries. His tour has served to reclaim some of New Delhi’s lost footing in the area. New Delhi accepts that India can less afford its past passivity regarding its maritime backyard. Tangible evidence is Narendra Modi's three-nation Indian Ocean tour. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Indian Ocean sojourn -which took him to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, last week, infused fresh energy into India's mantle as the fulcrum of stability in the Indian Ocean.
Royal Australian Navy Chairs Indian Ocean Symposium
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…
China Says Indian Ocean Not Backyard of India
The perception that Indian Ocean is India's "backyard" may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned. The Indian Ocean cannot be a backyard of India which navies of other countries could not visit, according the Chinese ministry of defence said. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy expands its profile in the Indian Ocean with recent submarine visits to Sri Lanka and more recently Pakistan. Chinese officials rejects India's concerns by emphasizing its motivations were driven by trade and security and not aimed at India…
Global Warming Slowdown Tracked to Indian Ocean
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". Scientists reported that the Indian Ocean heat content has risen sharply, accounting for more than 70% of the global ocean heat gain in the upper 700 metres of the Indian Ocean over the past decade. The scientists conclude the Indian Ocean has become increasingly important in altering global climate variability.
India Reclaims the Indian Ocean
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to three Indian Ocean countries is a bid to bolster India's economic and security ties in a region where Beijing has been making inroads in recent years. New Delhi’s influence in the region has been eroding in the face of a quiet challenge from Beijing—Chinese-built highways, power plants and seaports have appeared in all three countries. With his Indian Ocean tour, the PM aims to counter Chinese influence among small island nations. China aspires to be a maritime power.
Somali Pirates Shifting Towards India
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 Arabian Sea, and have made millions of dollars in ransom by seizing ships and kidnapping ship crews.
Indonesia Upbeat Ahead of IORA Chair
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 “maritime axis” doctrine to the Indian Ocean when it takes over the IORA chairmanship from Australia, later this year, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has said. Boosting IORA’s visibility, both internally and externally, will be one of the main tasks as chairman, Retno said. She believes there are very few Indonesians aware of IORA.
CMA CGM Revamp Indian Ocean Feeder Network
Starting December 16th, 2016, CMA CGM has chosen to revamp its feeder network to Indian Ocean to reinforce its quality, reliability and frequency. The offering of two separate products dedicated to Comoros/Mozambique market and North Madagascar will strengthen our competitiveness. "We are pleased to inform you that the new Indian Ocean Feeder Loop 3 service, deploying 1 vessel of 618 TEU, will be exclusively dedicated to Comoros and Nacala, Mozambique, via Longoni hub (Mayotte)," says a statement from the company.
Piracy Fight Becoming a Private Battle
New report reveals boom in private military security forces fighting Indian Ocean pirates. Research into the use of private military security companies in the Indian Ocean has found the fight against Somali-based pirates has become a private battle as global defence cuts reduce naval counter-piracy deployments. The report, 'Pirates and Privateers: Managing the Indian Ocean's Private Security Boom' sheds new light on the serious problem of Somali piracy and highlights new problems…
Odisha wants to be a Maritime Gateway of India
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, Naveen said the state is in the process of developing a number of ports in the 480-km coastline. He was addressing international conference on "India and Indian Ocean" in Bhubaneswar, capital of the state.
India, Mozambique to Boost Maritime Ties
India and Mozambique on Wednesday discussed ways to intensify cooperation in maritime security, ocean economy and defence as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi in New Delhi. "Africa and the Indian Ocean are among the highest priorities for our foreign policy. Mozambique is crucial for both," he said. He said that the southeast African nation, bordering the Indian Ocean, "can be a large and a proximate source of natural gas, coal and other minerals" for India and it also offers huge opportunities in agriculture sector.
Evergreen Line Extends Indian Ocean Network
Evergreen Line is teaming up with United Africa Feeder Line (UAFL) to extend its service network in the Indian Ocean. Evergreen announce a new ISC-Mauritius-Mozambique-Africa (IMMA) Service linking the Indian sub-continent, Indian Ocean Islands and Mozambique will be launched in late April. Employing three 2,500 TEU vessels, the biweekly service will have its inaugural sailing from Karachi on the 22nd of April 2-13. The port rotation will then follow as Mundra - Colombo - Port Louis - Tamatave - Durban - Maputo - Nacala - Karachi. Evergreen Line will provide two of the ships and UAFL the third. The IMMA service offers a direct link between…
HMAS Childers Returns from Indian Ocean
The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Childers has arrived in Darwin after participating in Milan 2014, the biannual international naval event hosted by the Indian Navy in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from February 5-9, 2014. Milan 2014 was designed to increase maritime cooperation, interoperability and mutual understanding among navies of the Indian Ocean region. Key activities included a sea passage exercise, an international maritime seminar on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)…
India, Sri Lanka to Enhance Maritime Security
Noting that security of India and Sri Lanka was "indivisible", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for enhanced cooperation in key areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism. India’s PM addressing the Sri Lanka Parliament said India and Sri Lanka are two countries at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka's leadership and partnership will be vital for building a peaceful, secure, stable and prosperous maritime neighborhood. Modi noted that Indian and Lankan security and development was deeply linked with Indian Ocean.
Australian Bio-Robots to Explore in the Indian Ocean
CSIRO will be releasing a fleet of floating bio-robots between Christmas Island and Madagascar next week to measure biological indicators in the Indian Ocean including dissolved oxygen, nitrate, organic matter and particles. A bio-robot is a robot which can measure properties relevant to biology like organic matter. Four bio-robots, each worth up to $100,000, are being dropped into masses of spinning water. It will be the first time CSIRO has used the new BioArgo robotic floats to measure this massively under-sampled part of the world.
Happy Reunion with 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. CMA CGM positions the Reunion Island as a strategic hub in the Indian Ocean: by offering 5 weekly calls compared to 3 previously…
India, Seychelles Ink Pacts on Maritime Security
India on Wednesday signed four agreements with the Indian Ocean island nation Seychelles to boost security and maritime partnership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Seychelles President James Alix Michel and said Seychelles "is a vital partner in our Indian Ocean neighbourhood". The two nations signed four agreements for cooperation in hydrography, renewable energy, infrastructure development and hydrographic survey for maritime cooperation. Another important agreement is for infrastructure development in the Assumption Island.
MH370: The Search Continues
U.S. Navy contractors lower the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 into the Indian Ocean from the deck of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield. The submersible is being utilized to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370. Joint Task Force 658 is supporting Operation Southern Indian Ocean, searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.