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ICG Vessel Bolsters Pollution Control in Manila Bay Amidst ASEAN Mission

© AP Photo / Aaron FavilaWorkers assist Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar as it arrives for a port call in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Workers assist Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar as it arrives for a port call in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) - Sputnik India, 1920, 26.03.2024
ICG's deployment of the Samudra Paheredar, a specialized anti-pollution vessel, is a key step in showcasing its expertise in marine pollution response, highlighting shared concerns and commitment to combating marine pollution in the ASEAN region.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship Samudra Paheredar, a specialised anti-pollution vessel, is currently stationed in Manila Bay, Philippines, as part of its overseas deployment to ASEAN countries, officials said on Tuesday.
Equipped with advanced anti-pollution tools and a Chetak helicopter configured for spill response, the vessel is designed to contain and recover oil spills and enhance operational capabilities. Arriving on 25 March, the ship will spend three days in Manila Bay.

The deployment of this pollution response vessel is part of a broader initiative to demonstrate the Indian Coast Guard's capabilities in marine pollution response, and demonstrates the shared concerns and commitment to marine pollution response in the ASEAN region.

It also aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
This is the third consecutive visit of an Indian Coast Guard vessel to ASEAN countries, following similar visits to Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia in 2023. The current deployment, scheduled from 25 March to 12 April, includes port calls at Manila (Philippines), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) and Muara (Brunei).

During these visits, the ship will conduct pollution response training and hands-on demonstrations of various equipment. It will also host 25 cadets from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) as part of the Government of India's 'Puneet Sagar Abhiyan' initiative to promote international outreach and engagement with partner nations.

The NCC cadets, along with the ship's crew and local organisations, will participate in beach clean-up activities during port calls and foster bilateral relationships with key maritime agencies such as the Philippine Coast Guard, Vietnamese Coast Guard and Brunei Maritime Authorities.

The Indian Coast Guard has Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Coast Guards of the Philippines and Vietnam, focusing on enhanced maritime cooperation, safety, and security. These relationships have evolved over the years to address maritime safety, security, and environmental concerns in the region.

The agenda for the visit includes professional exchanges, joint exercises, cross-deck visits and social engagements aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and capacity building efforts.
Commanded by Deputy Inspector General Sudhir Ravindran, ICGS Samudra Paheredar, based in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, has a successful track record in various Coast Guard operations, including pollution response, surveillance, combating transnational crime and maritime search and rescue (SAR).
In this photograph taken on December 22, 2023, sailors walk on the deck of the INS IMPHAL (Yard 12706), the third stealth guided missile destroyer of Project 15B, ahead of its commissioning into the Indian Navy, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. - Sputnik India, 1920, 15.03.2024
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