Maritime Matters by Vijay Sakhuja
New Technologies Demand New Laws and Ethics
Vijay Sakhuja · 16 Apr, 2018 · 5457
The Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) met in Geneva earlier this month and emphasised the critical necessity to ban "fully autonomous weapon systems." They urged states to move towards negotiatin ...
Game-changing Technologies for Future Naval Operations
Vijay Sakhuja · 31 Mar, 2018 · 5455
Two new weapon technologies - Solid State Lasers (SSLs) and Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) - can augment ship defence against incoming missiles, high speed projectiles and unmanned vehicles/drones. Experts argue that if these are successful ...
The Debut of Counter-Drone Technologies
Vijay Sakhuja · 27 Feb, 2018 · 5438
During his speech at the Munich Security Conference in February 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "brandished" a piece of debris from an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) brought down by the Israeli military af ...
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 ...