Capt. Radhika Menon honours her presence at Alphard Maritime’s Mumbai Office.

[11th March 2017], Capt. Radhika Menon honours her presence at our Alphard Maritime’s Mumbai Office. We all know of her from the ceremony which took place at the IMO – International Maritime Organisation last year. Yes, she is India’s first female Merchant Navy captain to be awarded by the IMO for her exceptional bravery in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous Bay of Bengal waters last year.

When she received her medal and certificate of commendation at the awards ceremony held at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) headquarters this is what the unpretentious women had to say, “I am honoured and humbled by this great honour for me and my team. It is a seafarer’s duty to help souls in distress and I did my duty. Seafaring is a noble profession which contributes massively to world trade and economy as well as cultural integration. It does not always get the recognition it deserves.”

She spread tons of inspiration into each and every one by sharing her story and wisdom. Alphard Group can’t thank her enough for granting us for the portentous presence.

Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2017

[Maritime highlights of January, 2017]

03.01.2017: 1524 LT: Posn: 06:36.0N – 122:41.0E, Around 21.6nm East of Basilan Island, Philippines. Six persons in two speed boats, armed with automatic rifles, chased and fired upon a general cargo ship underway. Master raised the alarm and increased speed. Ship’s distress message was relayed by Zamboanga radio station to the local authorities who dispatched patrol boats to assist the vessel. Due to the firing the vessel sustained multiple gunshot damage on the port and starboard sides. Vessel however, managed to evade the attack. All crew safe.

07.01.2017: 1450 UTC: Posn: 13:44.0N – 121:02.2E, Batangas Anchorage, Philippines.
Robbers in two unlit boats approached and boarded an anchored product tanker. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their boats. Crew mustered and a search was carried out. It was reported that ship’s properties were stolen. Incident reported to Coast Guard, who boarded the tanker for investigation.

08.01.2017: 1735 UTC: Posn: 00:15.2S – 117:34.0E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. Five robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They took hostage the duty crew and tied him at the fore mast. Another duty crew tried to contact the crew but received no response. As he approached the forecastle to investigate, he noticed the robbers and informed the OOW who raised the alarm. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their speed boat with the stolen ship’s stores.

15.01.2017: 0215 UTC: Posn: 10:12.0N – 064:47.9W, Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
Two robbers boarded an anchored LPG tanker via the anchor chain. The robbers took hostage the duty AB on the forecastle, tied him up and threatened him with a knife. They then removed the hawse pipe cover and four more robbers boarded the tanker. The robbers took the AB’s mobile phone, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The AB managed to free himself and informed bridge who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Port Control informed.

16.01.2017: 1930 UTC: Posn: Mowtas Oil Terminal (MOT), Sandakan Port, Sabah, Malaysia. During cargo operations, crew onboard a berthed product tanker observed a robber on the forecastle. Seeing the alert crew approaching the forecastle the robber jumped overboard and escaped with stolen ship stores.

Piracy Agreement to Cover Other Illicit Activity
The Djibouti Code of Conduct, an international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The participatory States agreed to work together, with support from the IMO and other stakeholders, to build national and regional capacity to address wider maritime security issues, as a basis for sustainable development of the maritime sector.

Eight Fishermen Killed by Pirates Off Mindanao
Eight fishermen were shot and killed by pirates in the vicinity of Siromon Island, near Zamboanga City. Zamboanga, on the southwestern tip of Mindanao, is in an area plagued by pirate attacks by the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf. The violence of Monday’s attack, however, differs from recent Abu Sayyaf incidents, which have uniformly involved the kidnapping of crewmembers for ransom. Police suspect extortion or an inter-group rivalry as the motive behind Monday night’s assault.

Chinese Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack
The 24th and 25th Chinese naval escort flotillas fired warning shots at four suspected pirate boats attempting to approach a commercial vessel at high speed in the Gulf of Aden on January 1.

Piracy in the Sulu Sea is a fresh threat to Asia trade
Last  year has seen a growing number of hijackings in the Sulu Sea, located between the Philippines and the island of Borneo. Around $40 billion worth of cargo passes through the area annually, with around $700-800 million in Indonesian coal exports going to the Philippines. Militant group Abu Sayyaf is believed to be responsible for the violence, according to the Philippine military. Based in the southern Philippine province of Mindanao, Abu Sayyaf has increasingly taken to maritime kidnappings for ransom payments, which brought in nearly $7.3 million so far this year, the Associated Press reported last month, citing a Philippine government report. One of Abu Sayyaf’s goals is to establish an independent state based on Shariah law in Mindanao and preserve its ethnic Moro community.

Devastating ferry inferno kills at least 23 with passengers leaping into sea in terror
The Zahro Express was carrying more than 230 people off the coast of Indonesia when it burst into flames. about 1.5km from Muara Angke port the fire broke out and thick smoke filled the cabin, causing many passengers to jump into the sea. Officials told the BBC that 194 people were rescued, while nine remain in hospital and 17 people are unaccounted for.

IMB report: Sea kidnappings rise in 2016 despite plummeting global piracy
More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998, the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report revealed this week. In its 2016 report, IMB recorded 191 incidents of piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas

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Alphard Group celebrates its seventh anniversary in style

The Alphard Group recently celebrated its seventh anniversary in India.

The company held its 7th annual success meet in Mumbai on 15 October, with captains, employees, families and friends attending.

The event was themed around the Arabian Nights with shisha tents and then switching later to a casino nights theme.

Among those in attendance were DNV GL, Lloyd’s Register, Bernhard Schulte Ship management and Fleet Management, with guests from Singapore, Dubai, Qatar and Sri Lanka flying in.

The evening included special dance performances and inhouse performances, and the finale was Alphard’s inhouse fashion show with over 100 employees from Alphard maritime in India, Dubai and Singapore.

Since it was founded in 2009 Alphard has expanded into seven different business lines including agency, maritime security, and diving and underwater services.

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Alphard Turns 7

#AlphardMaritime Thanks each & everyone for their #love & #support to help us reach this stage. We may have not sailed so far without your support.

[Mumbai 15 October] The Alphard Group celebrated its seventh anniversary at the Grand Pavilion and Lawn, Peninsula Hotel. An enthusiastic group of staff members of the Group gave a warm welcome to all the guests as they arrived at the venue.

The function started with a Ganesh Vandana which the attendees participated in enthusiastically; this was followed by much appreciated song and dance performances that included a Salsa number by a foreign artiste.  A ramp walk by staff members of the Group was a huge hit with the audience.

Achievers in the company were awarded special mementos and commended by the company for their sterling contributions.Captain Alok Kumar, Chairman, Alphard Group, shared his thoughts on the occasion, saying, “The entire credit of the smooth operations of the company goes to the staff that is on their toes 24×7. I just sit back and enjoy myself.”Mrs Prity Kumar, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Group, said, “Much hard work and sleepless nights have gone into making the company what it is today. The sacrifices of the past have given us the successes of today.”

Established in 2009, Alphard Maritime is managed by certified Master Mariners, Chief Engineers, trained technicians and qualified professionals. Approved by all classification societies, it started its maritime journey with UT gauging services and has four years of experience in undertaking ultrasonic thickness measurements of hulls.The vision of the company is to become an internal solution to clients by excelling in delivery of bespoke maritime solutions, continual improvement and to deliver high quality, efficient and economical solutions.


Our Underwater & Diving Services

Alphard Maritime offers the best Underwater & Diving Services from HULL Cleaning, Inspection, Brushing, Repairing and HULL painting.


Alphard Diving & Underwater Services

We freshly invaded Hull cleaning and Underwater Inspection services. Our diving managers & Supervisors are commercial divers with over 25 years of diving experience. Alphard Offshore provides diving services of top standards. Following are our Core strengths;

  • We have our own dedicated Dive boats which are fully equipped (Alphard 7, Alphard 16)
  • Equipped with our own DIVING SPREADS on board which requires NO loading time
  • A Panel of 3 Diving Men with Surfaced Supplied Air which are provided for the working diver
  • 2 TV screens for Diving supervisor to monitor the diving activities carried out on each boat
  • 1 TV screen for Client representative in a cabin with air conditioning and comfortable seats to watch the diving work for any kind of inspection
  • We have our own HPU and pair of powerful brush cards from Piccard
  • Special Brushes for use on Silicon Paint
  • 4 KMB band Mask 18 to tackle Hull cleaning – CCTV inspections & Propeller Polishing to Rupert “A” grade
  • HSE part 2 certified Diving Supervisor with over 1000 dives logged
  • HSE part 1 certified Lead Diver
  • Dedicated diving operational team to manage from on shore
  • Class approved with ABS, LR, DNV-GL, NKK, BV and for In Water Survey inspection (UWILD) we are in process to get approval with IR, KR, and RINA
  • Always finding ways to improve our services with client`s detailed feedback
  • Tug Inspections, maintenance & salvage in water removal of wire chain and line from running gear
  • Class (UWIL Inspection) and vessel inspection, maintenance, salvage, pressure/patching and shipping
  • Hull cleaning of any kind of fouling condition (laid up)
  • Loss Anchor search (Anchorage & OPL)
  • Bow thruster cleaning and polishing
  • Side sonar scan and recovery
  • Cutting & welding services
  • Propeller polishing
  • Sea chest cleaning
  • Hydrographic surveys

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