MSF Monitor October,2018

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The Maritime Study Forum (MSF) Monitor endeavors to bring all aspects of maritime concern to our readers in a glimpse. The Monitor covers the Global maritime outlook, with special attention on Pakistan and the Indo-Pacific region. News, Opinions, all things of interest are covered.


October started as a month of despair for Pakistani shipbreakers as several laborers were injured while working at the Gadani ship-breaking yard. Amidst Washington and New Delhi’s speculations that Pakistan was going to give away Gwadar as a possible location for a future Chinese military base, we saw the Saudi Amarco, will conduct a feasibility study of a proposed oil refinery in Gwadar. Salim Bokhari analyzed ‘China’s efforts to counter Indo-US propaganda against CPEC’ and Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal gave an insight on ‘India and Pakistan’s sea-based nuclear weapons’.


In the regional front we saw the Indian Navy joining an exclusive maritime club after completing sea trials of new deep-sea rescue sub and UK planning to increase the joint training with the Indian navy. Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal made a good analysis on implication of Indo-Israel defense deals on the region.


In the global scene we saw US sailing its warship near SCS’s disputed islands and large volume of Iranian crude oil arriving at China’s northeast Dalian port. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) made a deal of supplying air and missile defense systems for seven Indian Navy ships in $777 million. Some of the commentaries included are, ‘If US is in the position to fight once again in Europe against Russia’, ‘Health of Ocean’ and ‘Iran boosts Marine Tourism in the wake of US sanctions’.


In the global scene we saw US sailing its warship near SCS’s disputed islands and large volume of Iranian crude oil arriving at China’s northeast Dalian port. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) made a deal of supplying air and missile defense systems for seven Indian Navy ships in $777 million. Some of the commentaries included are, ‘If US is in the position to fight once again in Europe against Russia’, ‘Health of Ocean’ and ‘Iran boosts Marine Tourism in the wake of US sanctions’.


In the regional front we saw the Indian Navy joining an exclusive maritime club after completing sea trials of new deep-sea rescue sub and UK planning to increase the joint training with the Indian navy. Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal made a good analysis on implication of Indo-Israel defense deals on the region.


In the global scene we saw US sailing its warship near SCS’s disputed islands and large volume of Iranian crude oil arriving at China’s northeast Dalian port. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) made a deal of supplying air and missile defense systems for seven Indian Navy ships in $777 million. Some of the commentaries included are, ‘If US is in the position to fight once again in Europe against Russia’, ‘Health of Ocean’ and ‘Iran boosts Marine Tourism in the wake of US sanctions’.

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