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Indian Coast Guard Ship, Samudra Pavak, is scheduled to visit Oman from 10 to to 14 February 2017. ICGS Samudra Pavak will be on a goodwill visit to Muscat to further reinforce the existing cooperation in defence and security between India and Oman. The visit also aims at improving cooperation with Royal Oman Coast Guard. The Ship is on a four nation overseas deployment in the Gulf region.

ICGS Samudra Pavak is the third of the Pollution Control Vessel (PCV) series of the Indian Coast Guard Ships built by M/s ABG Ship Yard Pvt. Ltd. Samudra Pavak in Hindi means “Purifier of the Seas”, it was commissioned on 14 Jan 16 by the Defence Secretary of India. The visit of ICGS Samudra Pavak to Oman is the fouth visit by an Indian Coast Guard Ship to Oman in last four years.

ICGS Samudra Pavak, as a Specialised Marine Pollution Control vessel, is equipped with pollution response and control equipment which includes “Containment Equipment” like High Sprint Booms and River Booms, “Recovery Equipment” like skimmers and Side Sweeping Arms, “Storage Devices” like ORO tanks (Capacity 500 KL) and Inflatable Barges (Capacity 150 KL) and the “Spraying Equipment” like Retractable Spill Spray System and Aerial Spray System. The Ship is capable of carrying and operating helicopter from her deck. It is also equipped with 02 Pollution control boats. The coast of Gujarat witness more than 70 % of country’s oil transshipment. Considering the Samudra Pavak’s capability, She has been based at Porbandar, Gujarat, to respond to pollution control situation off the coast.

The Ship ICGS Samudra Pavak, on joining Coast Guard Fleet has been deployed extensively along the northwest maritime frontier to safeguard the maritime interests of India. It has participated in a tri-lateral DOSTI-XIII exercise with Sri Lankan Coast Guard and Maldives National Defence Forces at Male, Maldives in Oct 2016 wherein the ship showcased its Pollution Response, Anti-piracy and SAR capabilities. It was also the frontline ship during National Level Pollution Response Exercise conducted at Mundra, Gujarat in Dec 2016. ICGS Samudra Pavak is manned by 15 Officers and 99 men under the command of Deputy Inspector General Satish Kumar, TM.

Relations between ROPCG and Indian Coast Guard has been growing from strength to strength. Last year both Coast Guards signed a MoU on crime prevention and cooperation. Commander ROPCG is presently on an official visit to India on invitation of Director General Indian Coast Guard to discuss all facets of bilateral cooperation and attend a seminar on ‘Regional Cooperation for Safe and Secure Seas’ to mark the 40th anniversary of Indian Coast Guard.

 



   

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