Maritime Matters by Vijay Sakhuja
South China Sea: Unmanned Vessels and Future Operations
Vijay Sakhuja · 15 Feb, 2018 · 5433
Two recent developments in the domain of disruptive technologies have invited the attention of naval planners and the strategic community. These relate to US and Chinese investments in unmanned vessels that can shape future naval operatio ...
Maritime Digital Trends in 2018
Vijay Sakhuja · 08 Jan, 2018 · 5417
At the beginning of the year, industries announce trends in their respective domains. Manufacturers publicise major products that will be available in the market; car-makers showcase new models that will be launched during the year; manuf ...
India and Blue Economy in the Bay of Bengal
Vijay Sakhuja · 29 Dec, 2017 · 5412
India’s effort to harness Blue Economy received a boost with the establishment of the International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean). The Centre will operate under the Indian National Centre for Ocean I ...
Microbeads and Microfibre: A Big Challenge for Blue Economy
Vijay Sakhuja · 27 Nov, 2017 · 5397
A recent BBC documentary titled Blue Planet II that has an agonising three-minute clip of a dead pilot whale moving along with her dead calf, apparently poisoned due to chemical pollution, left many audiences in shock. Wildlife expert Si ...
Short Sea Shipping in Bay of Bengal Takes Baby Steps
Vijay Sakhuja · 03 Nov, 2017 · 5386
Last week, a consignment of motor vehicles was shipped from Chennai Port in India to Mongla port in Bangladesh onboard a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cum general cargo vessel. Ashok Leyland Limited chose to use the sea route which takes five ...
Plastic Litter: The Challenge at Sea
Vijay Sakhuja · 10 Oct, 2017 · 5381
A number of innovations and initiatives that are shaping the oceans and seas can potentially help ensure that these water bodies remain environmentally and ecologically stable. These range from greener and efficient vessels propelled by s ...
Marine Mammal Stranding: Myth, Mystery and Facts
Vijay Sakhuja · 05 Sep, 2017 · 5355
The stranding of marine mammals along India’s east coast astride the Bay of Bengal and west coast overlooking the Arabian Sea has been a recurring phenomenon. In 2016, 80 short-finned pilot whales were found stranded on the sand alo ...
Dhow Trade in the North Arabian Sea
Vijay Sakhuja · 07 Aug, 2017 · 5336
The half yearly report on global trends in sea piracy and armed robbery against ships for 2017, published by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), presents a mixed bag of news: the good news is that 87 piracy incidents were recorded ac ...
Towards a North Arabian Maritime Partnership
Vijay Sakhuja · 01 Aug, 2016 · 5089
An Indian Coast Guard (ICG) delegation led by the Director General visited Karachi in July to hold discussions on coastal security, among other issues, with the Maritime Security Agency (MSA), the national safety and security agency of Pa ...
Forecast 2016: Indian Ocean Politics and Security
Vijay Sakhuja · 15 Jan, 2016 · 4959
‘Continuity and change’, ‘continuity and no change’ and ‘new challenges and opportunities’ are important formulations for any geopolitical and geostrategic forecasting. These help analysts to understand ...