What would, for example, happen if terrorists were to hijack a merchant ship and explode it in the crowded Mumbai harbour?
That would set alight fuel and chemical-laden ships and shore installations and cause massive carnage.
In addition, the coastal radar chain was to have an optronic sensor which would enable the display of TV-like images of ships and fishing vessels in India’s territorial waters.
Any vessel not triggering an AIS response on the radar screen would be immediately stopped and searched.
Most advanced maritime nations, unlike India, have very strict laws in place to impose penalties, including jail terms, on the captains, crew and owners of such unseaworthy merchant ships. The August 4 sinking of the Panama-registered MV Rak, 30 nm off Mumbai port, is one such example.
Who will pay for the rescue of the crew, the salvage and counter marine pollution operations?
Ajmal Kasab and other terrorists landed at Colaba to carry out the 26/11 attacks.
The ministry of shipping and transport should also send a team to see how the CSI works in Rotterdam and how unseaworthy ships regulations are enforced in the US and the UK.On an average about 10 unseaworthy ships run aground off the Indian coasts in the rough monsoon season (from June to October) every year.These require expensive search, rescue and salvage operations as well as operations to counter marine pollution.Author : Arun Kumar Singh Apart from the considerable casualties they left in their wake, if anything the multiple blasts of July 13 in Mumbai called attention to, it was to the fact that the city continues to be as vulnerable to terror attacks as before.After the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which terrorists entered the city from the sea, breaching our coastal security ring, it became clear that a comprehensive upgrade of the country’s coastal security system was necessary.