Oil Spills- Causes and How to Combat them?

“It is submitted that despite the collision warning issued by the Port Control, both vessels did not take appropriate steps, which resulted in the collision at 03:45 hours,” – The Chairman of the Kamarajar Port Trust Ltd, The Hindu, Feb, 21, 2017 It is estimated that in excess of 300,000 liters of oil per day contaminated the sea, equivalent to pouring 10 Olympic swimming pools of toxic sludge into the ocean over the months the spill continued – Timor Sea Oil Spill, 2009. The Jakarta Post dated Feb 21, 2017 Makes your souls cringe right? The frequency of these types of news clippings is increasing day by day due to various reasons, right from collision of vessels to a valve in the oil tanks that go unnoticed. No matter what the reasons are, oil spills can be easily categorized as the most dangerous type of pollution with long lasting effects. In Spite of the gruesome effects quite widely known, shipping companies fail to take necessary precautions, and poisoning the environment, head on. Oil spills are caused when dense liquid hydrocarbons or crude oil is released into the ocean or on land in disturbingly high amounts.. In water bodies, the spill occurs due to drilling rigs, offshore oil platforms, barges, pipelines, refineries, drilling rigs, and storage facilities and offshore wells. Barring … Continue reading Oil Spills- Causes and How to Combat them?

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Understanding Shipping Safety with SOLAS

Why SOLAS? Seafaring was in vogue during the 19th and early 20th century when air carriers were yet to set a firm footing in international transport. Passenger transport through ships was much more frequent than it is today, and so were the accidents and disasters that took place along with it. The annual loss of life from British ships alone averaged between 700 and 800 during this period. When the invincible, White Star Liner Titanic, the safest ship of her times, drowned in the Atlantic in 1912 killing more than 1500 passengers and crew, the international fraternity felt the need to have a set of guidelines that would make seafaring safer. And that’s when SOLAS was born. How Did It Come Into Action? The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea was adopted first at a conference held in London in 1914. This convention touched upon various chapters of safety at sea like navigation, construction, radiotelegraphy, life-saving appliances, and fire protection. But the central aspect of 1914 SOLAS convention was laws and rules to prevent loss of human life at Sea. Under the ruling body of IMO, four more conventions were adopted. The 2nd one was in 1929 and entered into force in 1933. The 3rd in 1948 and came into effect in 1952; the 4th (under the … Continue reading Understanding Shipping Safety with SOLAS

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Vice Admiral N. Krishnan – The Master Destroyer of Ghazi

The Indian history is galore with stories of soldiers and common people who displayed acts of heroism while protecting the country against external and internal forces. These are the heroes we look up to and remember for their bravery, intelligence, and sacrifice they made in the process. But, there are many unsung heroes whose heroics never made the light of the day. One such name is Vice Admiral Nilakanta Krishnan. Who was Vice Admiral N. Krishnan? Vice Admiral N. Krishnan was the most decorated officer in the Indian Navy with over 40 years of distinguished service career and 17 medals to his credit. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan and Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in World War II. Vice Admiral Krishnan has been a part of many pre and post independence operations his role in the war of 1971, has etched his name in the pages of history in golden letters. What happened in 1971? Vice Admiral Krishnan was then the Chief of East Naval Command. India’s secret spy network across the border confirmed the news that our next door naval forces had deployed their most deadly war submarine Ghazi, to destroy Indian Warship INS Vikrant. VA Krishnan was directed by the central command to use INS Vikrant in combat against the adversaries. But, he was informed by … Continue reading Vice Admiral N. Krishnan – The Master Destroyer of Ghazi

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