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Vizag-based pollution control vessel to protect east coast - 2012-08-27


Coast Guard ship Samudra Paheredar, the second pollution control vessel in the country, was received by Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman Ajeya Kallam at the Coast Guard jetty here on Friday. On the occasion, he stressed the need for protecting coastal waters and the marine environment from pollution. He said it was the second vessel of its kind in the country. The first pollution control vessel of the Coast Guard, based in Mumbai, would take care of the west coast, while Samudra Paheredar, to be based here, would take care of the east. Expressing concern over oil slicks, he said they had become a grave threat to marine life. So far, only small equipment were being used to control such slicks. The ship, capable of recovering 500 KL of oil, was a great asset for control of oil slicks.

Deputy Inspector-General Iqbal Singh Chauhan, Commander of ICGS Samudra Paheredar, said that the ship was commissioned by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma, at Surat on July 20. The primary role of the ship was pollution control and it was equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated pollution response and control equipment for mitigating oil spills in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. The vessel has a maximum speed of 21 knots, an integrated platform management system, power management system, high power external fire fighting system and one indigenous CRN 91 gun mount along with fire control system. The vessel is designed to operate a twin engine Advance Light Helicopter/embark Chetak helicopter. Five high speed boats, four water scooters and two pollution control boats have been provided for other coast guard charter duties like search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and EEZ surveillance. Deputy Inspector-General M.A. Talaha, Commander of Coast Guard District Headquarters, Visakhapatnam; Police Commissioner J. Purnachandra Rao, a number of Coast Guard and Naval officers and their families participated in the ceremony.

Source : Hindu Business Line