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Deepening and widening of Mumbai Harbor Channel and JN Port Channel

To handle vessels up to capacity of 6000 The Mumbai Harbor Channel and JN Port Channel will be deepened and widened to handle vessels up to capacity of 6000 Twenty feet Equivalent units and up to draught of 14 meters by using the tidal window.The channel length will be increased from existing 29 km to 33.54 km to meet the natural water depth of 14 meters at sea. Further, the width of the channel will also be increased so as to maintain a minimum width of 370 meters from the present dimension of 325 meters in the straight reach.Completion period of the work is 25 months including mobilization period after awarding of work. The key benefits/results on implementation of the project are as follows: 1. Handling bigger size vessels up to a draught of 14 meters by using tidal window. 2. Attracting international container vessels and enabling JN Port to develop as Hub Port on west coast. 3. Increase in future traffic 4. Savings in ship waiting cost and ocean freight costs per TEU due to larger volumes 5. Avoiding costly and time consuming feedeing operation 6. Optimum utilization of capacity 7. Faster turnaround of larger vessels 8. Incremental regional ...

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India Kerala fishermen killed in collision with ship

Two Indian fishermen have been killed and three others have gone missing Two Indian fishermen have been killed and three others have gone missing when a ship collided with a boat in the southern state of Kerala, police said.Two other fishermen who were in the boat swam to safety after the collision which happened off the Kollam coast early on Thursday, police said.Last month, an Italian cargo ship fired at an Indian trawler off the coast of Kochi in Kerala, killing two fishermen.Reports say the Italians mistook the Indian boat for a pirate vessel.Police said a rescue operation had been launched to trace the missing fishermen.Coast guard officials said efforts were on to locate the ship.Source: BBC News

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India Submits Anti-Piracy Proposals at the UN to Build Consensus

emarks by Shri AK Antony at the Annual National Maritime Foundation Conference The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has called for global efforts to uproot the threat of piracy. Inaugurating the Annual National Maritime Foundation Conference here today, Shri Antony said India has already submitted certain proposals at the United Nations. "If ever there was a need for consensual and cooperative effort, it is in relation to piracy and India has put forward certain proposals at the United Nations."The Defence Minister pointed out that the Indian Navy has made significant contribution to the global anti-piracy efforts in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) since 2008. "What is significant is that more than 85 percent of the ships escorted by the Indian Navy are of foreign flag." Shri Antony said that the challenge of piracy is yet to be effectively quarantined. "There is a consensus that while the pirates can be neutralized at sea, the real solution lies in addressing the root causes, which are complex and are actually located on land."The Defence Minister also voiced concern at the military presence of world's major powers in the IOR despite the waters being far from their shores. "Unlike the Atlantic and Pacific, few ...

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Loading of iron ore fines at Indian ports

Information provided by the Britannia P&I Club The Britannia P&I Club issues bulletin regarding Loading of iron ore fines at Indian ports (pre-loading surveys) as follows:Reference is made to the Association's bulletin of October 2009 dealing with the implementation of a precautionary survey programme and the subsequent circular of December 2010, more generally dealing with the safe shipment of iron ore fines from Indian ports including an overview of incidents involving liquefaction, obligations under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), specific problems encountered at Indian ports and the Managers' recommended precautions.Members are reminded of their overriding obligation to ensure that iron ore fines cargoes to be carried comply with the IMSBC Code and the Managers continue to recommend the precautions listedFor more information, click Loading of iron ore fines at Indian ports - protective pre-loading surveysSource: The Britannia P&I Club

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Seychelles seeks Indian help against pirates

$1-billion Seychelles' economy losing about four percent of GDP to piracy With its $1-billion economy losing about four percent of GDP to piracy, Seychelles has sought India's help in putting an end to this threat to trade in the Indian Ocean, particularly in prosecuting the sea brigands.Seychelles Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam, who was in India on a three-day visit last week, told IANS in an interview that he had asked his Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna, to assist in the trial of pirates and help increase convictions."In Seychelles, we have estimated that piracy has cost us four percent of the GDP in terms of growth and this is a terrible cost to our economy...there is a huge opportunity cost," Adam said when asked about the impact of piracy on his country's economy.He said the next step in the anti-piracy operations is prosecuting the sea brigands to end the impunity they enjoy."In Seychelles, currently we have convicted 67 pirates who are serving sentences in our jails and we also have another 18 who are awaiting trial."We look forward to working with India and one of the key issues I discussed with the minister (Krishna) is further support that India can give to ...

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India: Update on Somali Pirates

So far, 242 Indian crew members on board merchan have been hijacked The instances of piracy off the coast of Somalia have been a constant source of concern for the Indian Government. The Ministry of Shipping, in close co-ordination with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Navy and other agencies has been making discreet efforts to secure the release of Indian maritime personnel.So far, 242 Indian crew members on board merchant vessels of various flags have been hijacked by the Somali pirates. As a result of concerted efforts of the Government, in co-ordination with ship owners, managers, etc., 220 of them have been released and all efforts are being made to secure the release of the remaining 22 personnel. This was stated by the Union Shipping Minister Shri G.K.Vasan when a business delegation from USA led by Undersecretary to the Government of the United States of America, Mr. Sanchez met him in Chennai today. He further stated that India can explore the possibility of working together to counter the menace of piracy on the basis of the 2006 Indo-U.S. Framework for Maritime Security Cooperation which provides for expanding cooperation in areas such as counter-piracy and littoral security.Source: Press Information Bureau, ...

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India ships to lose insurance due to Iran sanctions, may look to China

Asian oil importers to rely on domestic firms for OPEC shipments Indian shipping firms will find it difficult to obtain replacement insurance coverage to continue importing Iranian crude oil after new European Union sanctions come into effect, industry sources said.State-run Shipping Corporation of India, the largest tanker owner in the country, will lose EU insurance coverage for its oil tankers operating in Iran from July 1, when European insurers will be prohibited from indemnifying ships carrying Iranian oil.Indian maritime firms are likely to be the most affected in Asia by the sanctions, as the other two big buyers of Iranian crude, China and Japan, do not rely on European insurers but are covered by domestic providers.India, China and Japan are Iran's three biggest crude oil buyers."We are covered by P&I clubs in the EU," Sunil Thapar, director at Shipping Corp of India told Reuters, referring to customer-owned maritime protection and indemnity insurance groups."These clubs will not be able to give us coverage for vessels to Iran from July. It will be difficult for Indian shipping lines to transport Iranian crude unless alternative arrangements are made," he said. SCI owns 39 oil tankers.FEWER OPTIONSA.P. Moller-Maersk, Singapore-based Samco Shipholding, and many other ...

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Posting of armed guards needs fine tuning: Shipping secretary

India will ask the global shipping community to 'fine-tune' practices India will ask the global shipping community to 'fine-tune' practices adopted while deploying armed guards on merchant vessels in the backdrop of the Enrica Lexie case."Already there are good practices evolved by global shipping industry to ensure that armed guards on private vessels use force in a very restrained manner. This (killing of unarmed fishermen by the Italian marines) may be a stray case as there are no similar incidents reported from anywhere in the world. But we need to fine tune those practices and ensure that such incidents do not recur,'' shipping secretary K Mohandas told TOI here."There are reports that the mariners did not follow the prescribed practices. Of course, we can come to the final conclusions only after a full investigation. We don't want to make any hasty statements. Even though India is not a big player in the global shipping industry, the incident will serve as a reminder for ship security staff as to why they should proceed cautiously in such a situation,'' he said.Pointing out that this incident was the first of its kind in recent maritime history, commander in charge of the coast guard ...

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US Business Delegation meets Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan

India invites US to participate in the country's port development plan India has invited investors from the US to participate in the country's port development plans and earn rich rewards. This invitation was extended by the Union Shipping Minister Shri G.K. Vasan when a business delegation from USA led by Undersecretary to the Government of the United States of America, Mr. Sanchez met him in Chennai today. Foreign Direct Investments in ports are permitted in India under the automatic route. USA is the second largest source of FDI inflows into India.Recalling the maritime cooperation between India and the USA Sh. Vasan said, a Memorandum of Cooperation on Maritime Transport, Science and Technology between the two countries was signed during 2005. It covers a wide area of mutual interest including maritime safety and security, port management and technological developments related to the maritime sector. It also envisages cooperative arrangements between the US Merchant Marine Academy and the Indian Institute of Maritime Studies, which is now a constituent of the Indian Maritime University in the field of maritime training and education.Stating that India train and educate more than 3,000 marine engineers every year on an average the Minister said, there was adequate ...

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Italian naval guards remanded to 3 days police custody

Two Italian naval guards charged with the killing of two Indian fishermen Two Italian naval guards charged with the killing of two Indian fishermen offKeralacoast were today remanded to three-day police custody by a Judicial Magistrate atKarunagapallyin this district.First Class Judicial MagistrateKPJoy, at whose residence the marines were produced amid tight security, remanded the two accused to judicial custody till March 5, but handed them over to investigators accepting a police plea forfutherquestioning. The marines could not be produced in a court as it was a holiday due toMahashivratrifestival.LatoreMassimilianoandSalvatoreGirone, arrested byKeralaPolice yesterday and brought ashore from the ship which was intercepted and anchored at the port, were brought toKollamfor court proceedings fromKochi.The two Italian marines have been charged with murder under Section 302 of theIPC.The arrest of the two men, part of the six-member security detail of 'EnricaLexie' from Italian Navy, climaxed four days of hard negotiations between India and Italy over the incident, which has sparked a diplomatic row.The Italians claimed that the fishermen ValentineJalastineandAjeeshBinki, who had set out to sea along with nine other fishermen on February 15 were shot at on suspicion of being pirates.Source: DNA News

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