Marine Safety in India Post 26/11: The Event that Inspired Safe Seas, Safe Shores

On 26th of November, 2008, India witnessed one of the most horrifying acts of terrorism, with 12 coordinated shootings, bombings, and hostage situations taking place across Mumbai. The attack targeted some of the most populous areas of the city and took hundreds of lives and injured many more, in a short span of four days. The perpetrators of this inhumane attack had traveled across the sea and docked near Colaba, right in the heart of Mumbai. The ease with which they had crossed into international waters made 26/11 a wake-up call for India, emphasizing the need for stringent security measures along the coastline and marine routes. Even as the government was reeling from the terror attack, numerous measures were implemented to enhance security in coastal areas and thereby improve safety at sea. Several rescue and surveillance boats were commissioned, with stringent safety standards made mandatory for marine trade and commerce. An interception-based approach, rather than a simple patrol was considered, with the use of high-speed boats, which could travel at a speed of up to 40-45 knots, being promoted. The Catch? Unfortunately, safety regulations and legislation for oceans and seas have always been a reactive measure, after some calamitous attack has spurred action. Disasters such as the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the 26/11 Mumbai bombings have … Continue reading Marine Safety in India Post 26/11: The Event that Inspired Safe Seas, Safe Shores

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