The Indian Coast Guard received its first state-of-the-art pollution control vessel – Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Prahari – on Saturday.
Considered to be the first-of-its-kind pollution control vessel in South-East Asia, the ship will play a significant role during salvage operations after any maritime mishap.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan commissioned the ship to the Coast Guard on Saturday at the naval dockyard in the city, as Union defence minister AK Antony could not attend the event.
According to Chavan, induction of the much-needed vessel is a significant boost in protecting maritime environment of the region.
“Also, it would play an important and effective role in case of incidents like the recent collision between MV Khalijia and MSC Chitra, which happened of the Mumbai coast and resulted in oil spill,” said the chief minister.
Ten officers and 100 men will man ICGS Samudra Prahari, which will be based at Mumbai under the administrative and operational control of the Coast Guard’s western region command. Designed and built by ABG Shipyard Ltd, Surat, the 95-metre long vessel is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated pollution response equipment.
In addition, the vessel is equipped with advanced navigational and communication sensors and equipments, and it is capable of embarking a helicopter. The ship also has an infrared surveillance system, which would enable its crew to detect targets at night.
At economical speed, it has an endurance of 6,500 nautical miles and can stay at sea for prolonged durations of up to 20 days without replenishment.
Now, with the ICGS Samudra Prahari already in its kitty, the Coast Guard plans to bolster its pollution control wing by inducting two more similar vessels.