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ReCAAP ISC Capacity Building Workshop

  • 20 Jun 2019
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The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is co-hosting the 12th Capacity Building Workshop with Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) in New Delhi from 19th -20th June, 2019.

ReCAAP

  • The ReCAAP is the first regional Government-to-Government agreement to deal with piracy and armed robbery at sea in Asia.
  • The ReCAAP Agreement was launched in November, 2006 with 14 Asian contracting parties including North, Southeast, and South Asian countries.
  • It has 20 contracting parties as of now, including Europe (Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom), Australia, and the United States.
  • Information sharing, capacity building and mutual legal assistance are the three pillars of co-operation under the ReCAAP agreement.
  • The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) was established in Singapore on November 29, 2006.
  • The Union Government has designated ICG as the focal point within India for ReCAAP.

Capacity Building Workshop

  • Capacity building workshop is organised annually by the ISC and is co-hosted by one of the contracting parties.
  • The main objective of this workshop is to share updated situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia and best practices of Asian countries.
  • The workshop also aims to deepen the knowledge of participants on various issues related to piracy and armed robbery such as international laws, prosecution process, forensics and emerging threats.
  • India has hosted the workshop earlier also in November,2011 at Goa and December,2017 at New Delhi.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG)

  • The Indian Coast Guard was formally inaugurated on 19th August, 1978. It operates under the Ministry of Defence.
  • It has a wide range of task capabilities for both surface and air operations.
  • The organization is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG) exercising his overall command and superintendence from the Coast Guard Headquarters (CGHQ) located at New Delhi.
  • Some of the important duties of the Coast Guard include
    • Ensuring the safety and protection of artificial Islands, offshore terminals, installations and other structures and devices in any maritime zone.
    • Providing protection and assistance to fishermen in distress while at sea.
    • Preservation and protection of maritime environment including prevention and control of marine pollution.
    • Assisting the Customs and other authorities in anti-smuggling operations.
    • Enforcement of the Maritime Zones of India Act.
    • Precautionary measures for the safety of life and property at sea and collection of scientific data.
  • For effective command and control, the Maritime Zones of India are divided into five Coast Guard Regions, namely, North-West, West, East, North-East and Andaman & Nicobar, with the respective Regional Headquarters located at Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Port Blair.
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