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Around the SHIPPING WORLD in 1 minute as on 7th October 2023

Around the SHIPPING WORLD in 1 minute as on 7th October 2023

(1) Cargo ship hit a mine in Black Sea

A small cargo ship from Turkey, marked with the Turkish flag, hit a mine in the Black Sea near Romania’s Sulina Canal entrance. The ship, named Kafkametler and 31 years old, suffered minor damage, but thankfully, the crew was unharmed. After three hours of necessary repairs, the ship continued its journey safely.

Interestingly, on the same day, security advisors Ambrey informed their clients about a potential deployment of sea mines by the Russian navy. This action was speculated to disrupt Ukraine’s grain exports. Intelligence reports from London had also previously warned about Russia’s intention to lay mines, aiming to hinder the new trade route Ukraine had established along its coastline.

(2) Coast Guard Saves 10 Fishermen Stranded on Boat Near Mangaluru Coast

On Thursday, the Indian Coast Guard, along with the Fisheries Department, successfully rescued ten fishermen who were stuck on a fishing boat named “Thiruchendur Murugan.” The boat had set out for fishing on September 20 but got stranded in deep water off the New Mangalore Coast on September 24 due to a broken engine shaft. This left the fishermen in a difficult situation as they were adrift in the Arabian Sea, 39 nautical miles away from the shore. Thankfully, a distress signal from the stranded boat was picked up by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Mumbai. They relayed the signal to the Coast Guard District Headquarters in Karnataka, which coordinated the rescue operation and brought the fishermen to safety.

(3) India and EU Discuss Maritime Safety and Cyber Policies

India and the European Union (EU) recently had discussions on how to ensure a safe maritime environment that promotes global well-being and inclusive growth.

In their maritime cooperation talks, both sides evaluated ongoing collaborative efforts in the maritime sector and explored ways to strengthen international and regional mechanisms to enhance maritime security comprehensively.

These discussions were part of the third India-EU Maritime Security Dialogue, which took place on October 5th in Brussels. The Indian delegation was led by Muanpuii Saiawi, Joint Secretary for Disarmament & International Security Affairs at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), while the EU delegation was led by Ambassador Joanneke Balfoort.

(4) APM Terminal Pipavav organized trade meet

APM Terminals Pipavav recently organized a trade meet for members of the Ahmedabad Custom Brokers Association (ACBA), as well as representatives from shipping lines and CFSs. The event aimed to raise awareness about the port’s infrastructure by offering a comprehensive tour, guiding participants through the processes from the jetty to the yard and finally, to the gate. This tour provided an in-depth understanding of the operations and services synonymous with APM Terminals Pipavav.

During the event, cross-functional teams from the port interacted with customers, addressing their queries and discussing the latest developments in infrastructure, road/rail and coastal connectivity, main line container services, as well as the provision of CFS/warehousing infrastructure and services in the evolving Pipavav ecosystem. Customers were particularly impressed by the live operations they witnessed at the jetty and praised the port for its customer-friendly processes, flexible operations, and quick turnaround times.

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