Maritime Security: Indian Context

In the last post, we have seen what is Maritime Security. Today we will try and explore it in an Indian Context and try to figure out why is India focusing on expanding its Naval Fleet. India has a coastline of 7,517 km, of which the mainland accounts for 5,422 km. The Lakshadweep coast extends... Continue Reading →

Maritime Security for Newbies

With China constructing artificial islands in the South China Sea to claim the water body, has made Maritime Security a new talk of the town. But wait a minute..... can countries own an ocean or a sea just like land?

The Saga Of Submarines

Submarines are amongst the most complex engineering marvels of this era. Today these crafts can alone steer the course of a war. A meagre knowledge that you have one of these, is enough to send a chill down your enemy’s spine.   Today’s Submarines are a result of almost 30 decades of perseverance and incremental... Continue Reading →

India : Unsung Maritime History Part IV

Bombay Dockyards crowned jewel, Hms Trincomalee's keel was laid in April 1816. She floated out of Bombay dock on 12th Oct 1817. Commisioned on 15th oct 1818. The ship belonged to a class of 38-gun Fifth Rates which were the Royal Navy’s standard frigate type for the whole of the Napoleonic Wars. Soon after her first voyage, she... Continue Reading →

India : Unsung Maritime History Part III

The rise of Bombay Dockyard was a result of its strategic natural harbour which was naturally isolated from land-attacks. The English realized this potential in the early 1600's and began its campaigns to acquire it. But it was only in 1735 that the East India Company (The English Empire had leased Bombay to the East India... Continue Reading →

India : Unsung Maritime History Part II

Taking things forward from our previous post. As we move ahead in time in the era after Christ from 4th to 6th century  i.e. during the Gupta Empire under the leadership of Samudragupta Maurya and Vikramaditya, several seaports were constructed on the eastern and western coasts. Trade with Europe until then was monopolized by  Southern India... Continue Reading →

India : Unsung Maritime History

India’s vast coastline of roughly 7000kms has always attracted huge amounts of trade. But seldom is India’s contribution to shipbuilding talked about. Today let us address India's glorious past of in shipbuilding. India has a very rich maritime history. It is this history that is very seldom talked about when we talk about the glorious... Continue Reading →

Systems On Engines Part – 5

In this post, we shall see how the engine is started. Starting System: Engines are normally started by cranking the running masses of the engine by one of the following means Manual Starting  Battery starting  Compressed Air Startin A) Manual Starting: Manual starting is applied for cranking the engine on very small engines (of less... Continue Reading →

Systems On Engines Part – 4

Fuel Oil Service System: Once the oil is purified and stored in the day tanks, the fuel is drawn to the engine through the service system. The system consists of the following components. Fuel oil circulation pumps:  They have a discharge pressure of about 4 bar. These pumps circulate the oil through the system continuously... Continue Reading →

Systems On Engine – Part 3

Fuel Oil System: Very low-grade fuels are used on Marine Diesel Engines (which are available at low cost) to reduce the fuel cost. These Fuels contain impurities in the form of water and sediments and hence, they are to be purified before spending to the engines. The fuels used are of very high viscosity up to 700... Continue Reading →

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