Rs 2,500 Cr fund for Bandra Versova Sea link

Maharastra Govt. will provide viability gap of Rs. 2,500 Cr for Bandra Versova Sea link by selling floor space index (FSI) to builders. The total cost incurred in creating 39 km sea link would be Rs. 9,500 Cr that will connect Marine lines with Kandivli. The govt will invest Rs. 2000 Cr, Rs. 5000 Cr is being raised by loans and the rest of Rs. 2500 Cr by FSI.

Indian Navy sends ship to Socotra island

Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Nistar’ to evacuate 38 stranded Indians around Socotra island located close to the horn of Africa between the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. The Navy has already deployed its ship INS Sunayna as part of the ‘operation Nistar’ to evacuate the Indians. Indian seafarers have been stranded due to Cyclone Mekunu.

Malabar 2018 to be held off coast of Guam

Naval ships, aircraft & personnel from India, Japan & US will participate in the 2018 Malabar exercises off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. Malabar for the first time is being conducted off the coast in the Philippine Sea which will include both ashore & at-sea training. Training will focus on high-end warfighting skill sets, medical operations & anti-submarine warfare among others.

China’s aircraft carrier begins sea trials

China’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier has begun sea trials. The 50,000-metric tonne vessel will become the country’s second aircraft carrier, and the first to be entirely built and designed inside of China. Few countries in the world have aircraft carriers. Besides India, the US, Russia, the UK, France, Italy, Thailand and China operate a total of 18 aircraft carriers.

NASA to study affect of phytoplankton

NASA is conducting a study of the world’s largest phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic to see how the tiny sea creatures influence the climate in every season.The name of the mission is The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES). NAAMES will study how phytoplanktons give rise to small organic particles that leave the ocean and end up in the atmosphere.

World’s largest cruise ship sailed

The world‘s biggest cruise-liner, ‘Symphony of the Seas’, has left the shipyard of Saint – Nazaire in France to embark on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean. The ship weighs 228,000 tonnes and is 362 metres long. The Symphony can hold up to 8,000 people including 2,200 staff. The Symphony will head to Malaga in Spain and spend its first season in the Mediterranean.

Indo-French Naval exercise Varuna 2018

The first phase of Indo-French joint naval exercise Varuna 2018 began on March 19, 2018, at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in Vasco da Gama, Goa. The exercise is being held in the Arabian Sea, off the Goa coast. The second and third phases of the exercise will be held at the Chennai coast in April 2018 and in La Reunion Island in May 2018, respectively.

World Ocean Summit 2018 concluded in Mexico

World Ocean Summit was held recently in Mexico‘s Riviera Maya. The summit is for business, government and environmental leaders to talk about the problems faced by the world‘s seas and to come up with solutions to protect the planet‘s vast ocean resources. World Ocean Summit‘s vision is of an ocean with robust health and vital economy.

Multi-nation naval exercise “MILES-18”

The first-ever multi-nation naval exercise at sea, MILES-18, has begun at the Andaman sea. The exercise aims to hone search and rescue procedures, maritime interdiction operations, core operational skills and exercise a variety of maritime security scenarios. 11 naval ships of 8 countries and nine Indian ships will be participating in this three-day exercise.

Free Indo-Pacific region for India, Vietnam

India and Vietnam decided to deepen defence and security cooperation and resolved jointly for a free and open Indo-Pacific region. This comes in the wake of increasing assertiveness by China in the region, from South China Sea to the South Asian region. Vietnam is one of the key neighbours of China, and has resisted Chinese claims in South China Sea.