International Maritime Organization Current Affairs - 2019

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25 June: International Day of Seafarer observed

The International Day of the Seafarer is an annual and international event day which is celebrated worldwide on 25 June and is coordinated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

IMO celebrated the Day of the Seafarer 2019 with Campaign– I Am On Board with gender equality. Just like previous years, the campaign was centred on social media with hashtag: # IAmOnBoard.

About International Day of Seafarer

Background: The Day of the Seafarer was established in 2010 by resolution 19 adopted by 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW)Convention,  1978. For the 1st time the day as observed in 2011 and since then it is being observed annually.


The day celebrates and recognizes unique contribution made by seafarers globally to international seaborne trade, civil society and world economy.

The day also encourages governments, shipping organizations, companies, ship owners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully.


IMO is celebrated the Day of the Seafarer by calling on everyone in maritime world and beyond to get on board with 2019’s theme of gender equality and declare their support to Seafarer campaign, which links with IMO World Maritime Day (26 September) theme, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community as well as supports the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 5.

About International Maritime Organization

IMO is the United Nations specialized agency which is responsible for regulating shipping, safety and security of shipping and prevention of marine pollution by ships.

It was established on 17 March 1948 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom (UK).

Its Parent organization is United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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Government gives GRSE contract to build 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts

Ministry of Defence awarded Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) a Rs.6311 crore worth contract to build 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWCs) for Indian Navy.

Key Facts

  • The Indian Navy issued the RFP (Request for Proposal) to DPSU (Defence Public Sector Undertaking) Shipyards and Indian Private Shipyards in April 2014, with GRSE eventually winning the bid for design, construction and supply of eight ASWSWCs.
  • The design and construction of these ships at GRSE is yet another milestone in ‘Make in India’ Initiative.
  • Project Timeline: The first ship is to be delivered within 42 months (3.5 years) from signing date of contract and remaining ships delivery is scheduled as two ships per year. The completion time awarded to project is 84 months (7 years) from 29 April 2019.


  • It is India’s pioneer warship builder since its inception as a DPSU in 1960. It has delivered highest number of warships till date.
  • Major projects being handled by it includes three Stealth Frigates for Indian Navy under P17A Project, ASW Corvettes for Indian Navy, The Landing Craft Utility (LCUs) for Indian Navy, four Survey Vessels (Large) for Indian Navy, Fast Petrol Vessels (FPVs) for Indian Coast Guard, etc.
  • With shipyard having many firsts to its credit in terms of Innovation and Design, it has also built 100 warships which ranges from Advanced Frigates to Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes to Fleet Tankers, Fast Attack Crafts, etc.
  • This new project will further solidify GRSE’s position as a unique shipyard with all round capability to design and build ASWSWC warships with state-of-the-art technology.

Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASW-SWC)

  • It is anti-submarine warfare vessel in 700 ton displacement range and will replace Abhay-class corvette (a corvette is a small warship) currently serving in Indian Navy.
  • It is designed for deep750 tons displacement, 25 knots speed and 57 complement and capable of full-scale sub surface surveillance of coastal waters, Search Attack Unit (SAU) and Coordinated ASW (Anti-submarine warfare) operations with Aircraft.
  • It can also be deployed for Search and Rescue operations by day and night in coastal areas.
  • Apart from having capability to interdict/ destroy sub surface targets in coastal waters, their secondary role would be of being capable of prosecuting intruding aircraft, and lay mines in sea bed.
  • The vessels are equipped with advanced state-of-the-art integrated platform management systems (IPMS) including Propulsion Machinery (machineries that provides the power to drive the propeller of the ship), Auxiliary Machinery, Power Generation (includes pumps, compressors, and blowers for circulating fuel and fresh water) and Distribution Machinery and Damage Control Machinery, etc.
  • It will be built according to Classification Society (an NGO that establish and maintain technical standards for construction as well as operation of ships and offshore structures) Rules and Naval Ship Regulations and will conform to latest Marine Pollution Standards of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

Month: Categories: Defence & Security