Dry Dock – History, Types, Advantages and Innovation

Every machine needs repairing, maintenance and constant upkeep for smooth functioning. Dry Docking is the process followed for the periodic repair and maintenance of ships, boats and watercrafts. Dry Docking is a method of ship repair being practiced for decades. It is a process of manufacturing, repair and maintenance of ships in an area known as the ‘lock’. In simple words, a lock is like a ‘garage’ for repairing ships. The only difference being, a lock is constructed aligning the shore for easy manoeuvre of the ship and sea water drainage. The main purpose of a Dry Dock is to expose the underwater parts for inspection, repair and maintenance. The ship to be repaired is hence manoeuvred into the lock and the gates are sealed post which all the sea water accumulated in the vessel is drained for better inspection and repairs. According to SOLAS, active ships that fall under the 100A5 category have to be subjected to a bottom survey twice every 5 years. Also, a Merchant Vessel which is older than 15 years needs to be checked for breaches or any defaults twice in every five years. In case of Passenger Ships, the repair period is every two years. The primary goal of a Dry Dock is to carry out effective repairs and maintenance of the parts that … Continue reading Dry Dock – History, Types, Advantages and Innovation

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Versova Beach Clean Up Drive with Afroz Shah for World Oceans Day

Every morning when he would open his window, a filth and plastic covered beach would greet him. Talk about a ‘Good’ morning. Afroz Shah is a lawyer by profession and a resident of Versova, living in his apartment that overlooks the Versova beach. The sorry sight of this once beautiful beach tugged at his heart and propelled him to wear his gloves and step out on the beach. His enthusiasm motivated other residents of Versova to join his cause and that gave birth to the Versova Residents’ Volunteer Committee. Around 30% of Asia’s coral reefs could be lost in the next 30 years due to #climatechange. Let’s #SaveOurOcean: https://t.co/PbtXdVdtwK pic.twitter.com/bb26bQB1fN — United Nations India (@UNinIndia) June 6, 2017 What started on October 25th, 2015, 87 weeks later, today, 5 million kilograms of trash has been removed, turning this into the world’s largest beach cleanup. The Versova beach cleanup attracted volunteers from around the world, including UN Patron of the Oceans – Lewis Pugh, who, along with celebrities, children, corporate houses and residents of Versova joined the effort to clear the beach of all the trash. Afroz has been awarded the UN ‘Champion of the Earth’ award, setting an example for the country. SHM Joins Afroz in the Beach Cleanup Drive All stakeholders r going to clean the ocean on 4th … Continue reading Versova Beach Clean Up Drive with Afroz Shah for World Oceans Day

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Combating Plastic Pollution this Oceans Day

A healthy ocean requires robust global knowledge of ocean science. We cannot manage what we cannot measure, and no single country is able to measure the myriad changes taking place in the ocean. – Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO The serene waters, the soothing blue and welcome splash of waves, Oceans take in all the good and bad in its belly. It is the last resort for humanity, just where it all started. Oceans are where life first formed on this planet. It is the real ‘Cradle of Life’. But, what Irina Boskova said about our Oceans is a blaring wake up call for all the earthlings. As humans, we were meant to possess the intellect and the ability to safeguard the planet but instead, we are set to do everything possible to degrade it. Plastic Pollution has rendered our oceans inhospitable. Plastic is like an epidemic and each person can relate to it. However, the big question is, “where does all this plastic go?” While some is recycled, some thrown into landfills and some is thrown loosely into the streets or our immediate environment, the loosely disposed plastic usually ends up into our waterways. Most of this plastic is found floating in the ocean waters most especially in Indian Ocean where a lot of plastic is disposed in its … Continue reading Combating Plastic Pollution this Oceans Day

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