Which Portable Fire Extinguisher is the Right Choice for You?

Fire extinguishers are the most efficient devices to douse out a small fire and stop it from spreading. Fires on ships can cause huge damage to life and cargo. It is thus essential to carry portable fire extinguishers along with other safety equipment onboard a vessel. Here are a few tips that one can keep in mind while choosing a suitable portable fire extinguisher: Distinguishing the type of fire: It is essential to distinguish the type of fire to select a proper fire extinguisher to put it out. Using a wrong fire extinguisher to put out a different type of fire can leave around a mess and cause damage to the cargo. Types of fire can be distinguished by the materials involved in them. Fire is categorised in five different classes: Class A: This type of fire usually involves common flammable substances like paper, wood, trash and other things that leave ash on burning. Such type of fire on a small scale can be extinguished with water. Class B: This type of fire is fuelled by highly combustible liquids including kerosene, oil, petrol, gasoline and other liquids.    Class C: Fires caused due to electrical interference and high voltage are categorised under this class. Class D: This type of fire is caused due to the combustion of combustible metals like … Continue reading Which Portable Fire Extinguisher is the Right Choice for You?

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Indian Navy: Marching Towards Combat-Readiness for National Security

The Indian Navy has grown from strength to strength over the past few decades, becoming one of the strongest marine forces in the world today. However, given the increasing geo-political undercurrents in the waters of the Indian Ocean, there has been a lot of uncertainty plaguing the policing forces in these regions. The Navy has hence adopted the mantra of becoming a ‘combat ready force for national security’ and is working directionally for the same. As a part of its safe seas and safe shores idea, the Navy is implementing several strategies to protect the country from maritime threats and safeguard the areas of maritime interest. Commitment to the ‘Make in India’ Initiative The principal component for strengthening the Indian Navy is its portfolio of ships, submarines, life-saving equipment, etc. The navy has always maintained an approach of becoming a builder navy as opposed to a procured navy and has hence focused on manufacturing the required equipment indigenously, to the maximum possible extent. As an advocator of Make in India since the initial stages of the project, the design wing of the Navy has manufactured and repaired ships indigenously since the 60’s, with over 200 ships built in India. 34 ships are currently under construction by indigenous manufacturers, from small ships to huge aircraft carriers. Some of the most diverse … Continue reading Indian Navy: Marching Towards Combat-Readiness for National Security

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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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