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  • 20 Apr 2022
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Recently, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has conducted the 8th edition of two-day National Level Pollution Response Exercise, ‘NATPOLREX-VIII’, off Mormugao harbour, Goa.

  • Besides NATPOLREX, ICG is concurrently conducting a capacity building professional training course in Marine Oil Response and Preparedness for 45 international participants from 18 countries including member states from Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


  • About:
    • The exercise consisted of a two-day programme featuring table-top exercise, pollution response workshop on marine Oil and HNS (Hazardous and Noxious Substances) spill followed by exercise at sea.
    • During the exercise, various components of NOSDCP (National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan) were invoked to validate and improve the contingency plans and evaluate the preparedness of the resource agencies as well as stakeholders to meet any marine spill disaster at sea.
    • The exercise is being attended by more than 85 participants from 50 agencies, including 29 observers from 22 friendly foreign countries & International Organisations and two Coast Guard ships from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
  • Objectives:
    • To enhance the preparedness and response capability of all the stakeholders in combating marine spills.
    • It aims at validating the procedures and guidelines as contained in the NOSDCP at the national and regional levels under the aegis of SACEP (South Asian Cooperative for Environment Protection), to which India is a member state.

Source: PIB

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