Chief of naval staff of India, Admiral Sunil Lanba, on October, reiterated in a maritime symposium in Verem the importance of cooperative engagement to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region and that maritime terrorism was no longer just a national or regional concern, but a global security challenge. Indian Navy has accorded a high degree of priority to maritime engagement with countries in the India Ocean Region.
India plans promotion of methanol as a shipping fuel instead of diesel, which could help address the problem of pollution in the maritime sector, according to the Union Minister of Shipping and Waterways, Nitin Gadkari, as quoted Monday, speaking at an event at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
The Indian Navy ship ‘Trishul’ whilst on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, was escorting a merchant vessel MV ‘Jag Amar’, when she detected a boat carrying out suspicious manoeuvers in the vicinity of the merchant ship.
Under the Make in India initiative, the Indian Ministry of Shipping announced the launch of the first indigenously built Floating Dock for the Indian Navy, on 20 June, at Larsen & Toubro Shipyard, at Kattupalli near Chennai.
On 16 May, an Indian anti-piracy patrol received a distress call from a Liberian-registered bulk carrier that reported an incident of attempted piracy by two suspicious mother vessels along with 7-8 skiffs, in Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ministry of Defense informed.
A Foreign Merchant Vessel MV OS 35, Tuvalu registered vessel, was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden late night on 08 April 2017. Indian Naval ships responded to the incident and all 19 Filipino crew members are safe.
Sri Lanka Navy announced that a fire erupted on board a container ship in Sri Lanka waters, 120 Nm off Colombo port. ‘Daniela’, a Mediterranean Shipping Company-owned ship, sent a fire distress call, on April 4th, to the Sri Lanka Navy, which dispatched two Fast Attack Craft on scene, to escort the vessel.
In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and Aditya under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh,NM have arrived at Port Victoria on a two day visit.
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