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Indian Coast Guard trains counterparts from 17 countries in oil spill response


The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is organizing an International Maritime Organization Level I and II course for 42 delegates from 17 friendly foreign countries.

The course will be conducted in the southern city of Chennai, which is the headquarters of the Coast Guard Eastern Region. It is sponsored by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

As part of this course, participants will be exposed to the theoretical aspects of oil spill response techniques and a live practical demonstration of response methods, shoreline clean-up techniques and monitoring procedures. .

The 12-day course has been developed in line with the vision of the Government of India to enhance capacity building in the Indian Ocean region, Indo-Pacific, Gulf of Guinea countries and coastal countries.

The course, which started on Monday, aims to enhance professionalism, awareness, coordination and cooperation between countries in the field of environmental protection.

The participating countries are Iran, Comoros, Thailand, Somalia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman, Seychelles, Bangladesh, South Africa, Vietnam, Madagascar, Yemen and Nigeria.

The Indian Coast Guard, part of the Ministry of Defence, is the designated national authority for oil spill response in Indian waters under the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. hydrocarbons.

Over the past decades, ICG has gained vast experience in carrying out oil spill response activities, off the east and west coasts of India, as well as in the ocean region. Indian.

The most recent examples are India’s continued support and efforts in fighting the fire of commercial vessels that were off the coast of Sri Lanka. In September 2020, a major fire broke out on board the MT New Diamond, which was carrying around 270,000 metric tonnes of oil and positioned off the east coast of Sri Lanka and the ICG played a major role in the mitigation of an environmental disaster.

ICG’s rapid response was again on display when it helped fight the fire aboard the MV X-Press Pearl off the coast of Sri Lanka. When it caught fire, the container ship was carrying 1,486 containers of chemicals classified as International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG).

Among other chemicals, the IMDG cargo consisted of highly flammable nitric acid, methanol, methyl acetate, sodium hydroxide, and polystyrene beads.

Despite the best firefighting efforts, the ship sank off Sri Lanka, between Colombo and Negombo.


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