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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Fire on Ship Under Repair Kills 5 in India

A blast caused by a fire on a ship under repair at India's Cochin Shipyard Ltd killed five people on Tuesday, and injured around 11, a company spokeswoman said, prompting the government to call for a quick enquiry. The spokeswoman said smoke hampered rescue operations initially and that an investigation would be launched soon. The ship belongs to the country's top energy explorer, Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd, she added. An ONGC official said the ship was undergoing maintenance at state-run Cochin Shipyard on the country's southwest coast. The blast took place inside the water tank, said M.P. Dinesh, a senior police official in the southern state of Kerala where the shipyard is located.

India Develops 14 Economic Zones for Port-led Industrialization

Shipping Minister, Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

For promoting port-led industrialization, 14 Coastal Economic Zones (CEZs) covering all the Maritime States and Union Territories have been identified as part of the National Perspective Plan under the Sagarmala Programme. The Perspective Plans for all 14 CEZs have been prepared in consultation with relevant State Governments and Central Ministries. The idea behind developing the zones is to promote 'development of port-proximate industrial clusters'. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka…

Liberia Wraps up Kerala Hijacking Investigation

The Liberian Registry has concluded its investigation into the pirate-hijacking of the product tanker Kerala off Luanda, Angola, on January 18, 2014. The Liberian investigation is based on evidence gathered by an INTERPOL-led multinational Incident Response Team as well as findings of its own investigative efforts. The Liberian Administration is currently in the process of publishing its report into the hijacking of the Liberian-flagged vessel. Liberia requested the attendance of the INTERPOL Incident Response Team in Tema…

APSEZ to Develop Vizhinjam Port

Gautam Adani

Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, a global integrated player, has received “Letter of Award” for development of the Vizhinjam International Deepwater Seaport Project from Government of Kerala (GoK). We had keenly participated in this tender to ensure that Kerala gets its first deep water multi cargo port and India gets its first deep water transshipment port which has been missing till date. At present approximately 1.0 Million TEUs of Indian cargo is getting transshipped through foreign ports like Colombo.

Adani Start Developing Transshipment Port at Vizhinjam

Union Minister for Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari lighting the traditional lamp Photo Adani

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, today formally began development of India’s first ever and ambitious international transhipment project in Vizhinjam, Kerala. It shall be completed within the stipulated time period of four years. Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy, along with Union Minister for Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Chairman of Adani Group, Mr. Gautam…

Adani in Pact with Kerala for Vizhinjam Port

Map: Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd

The government of Kerala State in India and Gujarat-based Adani Group has signed the work contract agreement for development of the Rs 7,525-crore ($12 billion) Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport. On July 15, 2105, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) had received 'Letter of Award' from Fisheries & Ports (E) Department, government of Kerala, for development and operation/maintenance of the Vizhinjam International Deepwater Seaport Project on public-private partnership mode on Design, Build, and Finance Operate & Transfer (DBFOT) basis.

Ship Captain Needed Onboard, Avoids Jail

Indian Coastguard officials insist captain must be on board despite court detention order Despite being refused bail by the Madras (India) High Court, captain of MV Prabhu Daya, the ship suspected to have collided with a fishing boat off Kerala coast, killing five fishermen, could not be arrested after the Chennai port and Coast Guard authorities raised objections. Moments after the high court rejected the [bail] petition a team of Kerala police officers took him into custody. A team member said they could not take him to the shore as the port trust and the Coast Guard officiaals raised objections, saying a vessel could not be allowed to remain without a captain. The five-member team had to send Pereira back to the vessel.

Italian Ship Still Held in Indian Port

The Supreme Court warned that an Italian ship involved in the killings of two fishermen would not be allowed to sail off the Kerala coast unless there was an assurance that marines and other staff, who were witnesses in the case, would be produced as and when required during the trial in the case, according to a Deccan Herald news report. A bench of Justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale allowed the Italy government to clarify its stand by Wednesday morning in this regard. “If you don’t assure us, it is simple, we can’t allow the ship to go otherwise,” the bench told senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Republic of Italy.

Italian Ship's Military Security Guards Bailed by Indian Court

According to Reuters an Indian court has granted bail to two Italian marines charged with the murder of two Indian fishermen in a case that has caused a major diplomatic rift between Rome and New Delhi. The two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, were ordered not to leave the port city of Kochi, in the western state of Kerala, while awaiting trial. They will be freed once they each pay bail of 10 million rupees, about $200,000. No date has been set for trial but it is expected to start soon. The sailors were part of a military security team protecting the cargo ship Enrica Lexie from pirate attacks when they opened fire on the fishermen's boat off the coast of Kerala on Feb. 15. Italian officials say the men mistook the fishermen for pirates.

Cochin Port Begins Coastal Shipping of Cars

M V Dresden. Photo:  Wilhelmsen Marine Personnel (Ukraine)

Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has begun coastal transportation of cars, with carrier ship M V Dresden carrying 500 vehicles reached with first consignment. The first call of a Car Carrier ship, M. V. Dresden wad scheduled at Cochin Port  yesterday evening (September 26, 2016). The ship is a foreign carrier of Cyprus registration, which has obtained license for coastal run between the ports in India, and is of 177 m length and 7 m draft. The Car Carrier has the circuit of Ennore-Cochin-Kandla-Cochin-Ennore…

IMB Warns of West Africa Piracy Threat

Parate arrest: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

The ICC International Maritime Bureau is asking ships to be extra vigilant when transiting West Africa as piracy in the region becomes a growing concern. Since the beginning of the year, one vessel, MT Kerala, has been hijacked and six were boarded in West Africa. There was also one attempted attack. The hijacking of the Liberian-flag product tanker in January by Nigerian pirates has sparked fears these gangs are venturing further south. In that incident, the pirates hijacked the MT Kerala off the coast of Luanda in Angolan waters.

Hijacked Tanker Returns Minus $8M of Diesel

MT Kerala (Photo: Greek World Reporter)

Reuters - An oil tanker hijacked for a week off Angola in January has been returned to the country's authorities, a board member at state oil firm Sonangol said on Tuesday, adding that the hijackers had stolen diesel worth $8 million from the ship. The Liberian-flagged MT Kerala was under a time charter contract for Sonangol when it vanished off the coast of the capital Luanda on Jan. 18 before being intercepted by the Nigerian navy a week later. The incident raised concerns that piracy is spreading south from the Gulf of Guinea…

Missing Tanker Found; Account of Pirate Attack Disputed

M/T Kerala vanished on January 18 off Angola; Angolan Navy says hijacking faked. The Angolan Navy is claiming that the crew of an oil tanker reported missing off its coast on Jan. 18 were part of faked pirate attack. Separately, a regional security expert who declined to be named for the purposes of this report, expressed doubt as to the accuracy or motives of the Angolan Navy statements. The Sonangol time-chartered  vessel was eventually located in Nigerian waters. Previously, the crude oil tanker was reported missing from Luanda anchorage and thought to be hijacked by pirates. All communications with the tanker had been lost. On 26 Jan 2014 the Master made contact with the owners reporting that the tanker had been released and that the pirates had stolen a large amount of cargo.

Liberian Investigation Affirms Tanker Hijacking

Kerala (Photo: Greek World Reporter)

Liberia continues its active investigation of the hijacking of the Liberian-flagged product tanker, Kerala, (IMO No.: 9390927), at Luanda, Angola on January 18, 2014, and although the investigation is still ongoing, the evidence gathered thus far by the INTERPOL Incident Response Team has allowed the Liberian Registry to conclude that the vessel was hijacked by pirates. Liberia, in cooperation with the vessel owners, requested the attendance in Tema, Ghana, of an INTERPOL-led multinational Incident Response Team.

No Takers for Vizhinjam Seaport Project

Image by Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport project

Despite the government of India extending a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of $ 131 mln (Rs 790 crore) to the $682 mln (Rs 4,089-crore )Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport project, no firm turned up for finalizing tender on Friday. Following this, the opening of the tender for fixing the private partner for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project was extended for another month. Even the three companies that purchased the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents- Adani…

India's Sagarmala Program: 415 Projects, $120 Bln Investment

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

Under India's prestigious Sagarmala Programme,  415 projects, at an estimated investment of approximately  INR 8 Lac Crore (USD 120 Bln) , have been identified across port modernization & new port development, port connectivity enhancement, port-linked industrialization and coastal community development for phase wise implementation over the period 2015 to 2035. As per the approved implementation plan of Sagarmala Programme, these projects are to be taken up by the relevant Central Ministries/Agencies and State Governments preferably through private or public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Adani Gets Green Signal on Vizhinjam Port Project

Image: Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL)

The Kerala state government has issued an order to hand over consent letter to Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) for establishing the Vizhinjam port. Within seven days Adani group has to give an official reply. Ports Minister K Babu said the final agreement will be signed within 45 days. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said with the handing over of the consent letter all allegations being raised about the opposition to Adani Group has been proved wrong. “We have handed over the letter of intent to Adani Group today. It’s a clean project.

Adani Mulls Necklace of Ports in India

Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group. Photo: Adani Group

The $10-billion Adani Group is stringing together a Sagar Mala or necklace of ports dotting India's coastline, said Karan Adani, reports ET. The group is keen to complete its own 'Sagarmala' (Necklace Ocean) dream by having presence in the three key states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, apart from setting up trans-shipment terminals in Southeast Asia and East Africa. “We are also keen to have trans-shipment terminals in Southeast Asia, especially in Myanmar and Bangladesh…

India to Develop 78 Lighthouses as Tourism Centers

Image: Kapu Beach Lighthouse

The Ministry of Shipping, along with the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) has drawn up an ambitious programme to develop 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism in the first phase under Public Private Partnership (PPP). The identified lighthouses are in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The land adjacent to these lighthouses may have hotels…

New MD for Glander Int'l Bunkering (India)

Ajay Menon

Glander International Bunkering is proud to announce that Ajay Menon has been appointed as the Managing Director of Glander International Bunkering (India) Private Limited. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Menon was Senior Bunker/Lubricant Trader & Team Leader in the Dubai office. Ajay is a native of Kerala and has an MBA from Warwick University, UK. He is the longest serving employee of the Glander International Bunkering Group and has been working from the Dubai office. The company…

Hijackers Release Tanker, Dynacom Says

The oil tanker reported missing on January 18 at Angola, Luanda Anchorage was allegedly released by hijackers, according to a statement from the vessel's owner, Greece-based Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. The Liberian-flagged MT Kerala was hijacked by pirates who stole a large amount of cargo before leaving yesterday, Dynacom said, adding that it was able to reestablish contact with the ship’s master, and all crew members are alive and accounted for. One injury has been reported. “Representatives of international law enforcement and intelligence agencies that are experienced in dealing with piracy incidents will be attending on board…

India's First 'Home Grown' Aircraft Carrier Launched

India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier from Cochin Shipyard in southern Kerala state. The 37,500 tonne INS Vikrant is expected to go for extensive trials in 2016 before being inducted into the navy by 2018, reports the BBC. With this launch, India joins a select group of countries capable of building such a vessel. The launch of INS Vikrant marks the end of the first phase of its construction. The ship will be then re-docked for outfitting and further construction. The new aircraft carrier has a length of 260m (850ft) and a breadth of 60m, having been designed and constructed locally using high grade steel made by a state-owned steel company.

UPDATE: Vessel Feared Hijacked Still Missing off Luanda

Dryad Photo: suspected pirate vessel underway.

Suspected pirate vessel off Angola. Dryad Maritime - a UK-based maritime intelligence firm - says situation has not changed since yesterday. Dryad Maritime is warning of the possible hijack of a Liberian flagged tanker MT Kerala. The vessel, owned by Dynacom Tankers, has been reported as missing off the coast of Angola, having last been sighted seven nautical miles NNW of Luanda. The tanker’s disappearance may represent a significant extension of maritime crime emanating from the Gulf of Guinea region, most probably from Nigerian criminal gangs.

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