India to Expand Real Time Ship Data Sharing

 09 Nov 2017 11.23am

India’s Navy has offered to share real-time data on maritime movements with 10 countries bordering the contested Indian Ocean, amid increased Chinese maritime activity there, according to The Hindu.

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba spoke of the offer at the Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) meeting on November 2, 2017.

Navy and Maritime Chiefs of 10 countries of the Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IOR) were in attendance.

According to a statement from Navy, the Conclave was set to be attended by Cheifs from India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. 

Agreements for sharing commercial shipping data with 12 countries have reportedly already been signed, and more may be signed yet.

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Indian Ocean littoral states include Australia, Iran, India, Madagascar, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and 13 other states large and small.

The information to be shared included movement of commercial traffic in addition to intelligence.

The data was not necessarily military in nature, and may be aimed at addressing maritime “non-traditional threats”.

The countries have yet to work out the technicalities for the information exchange.

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