Indian Coast Guard is conducting International
Maritime Organization Level I & II course for 17 friendly foreign countries
namely Iran, Comoros, Thailand, Somalia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Kenya, Sri Lanka,
Maldives, Oman, Seychelles, Bangladesh, South Africa, Vietnam, Madagascar,
Yemen and Nigeria at Chennai.
neighboring Sri Lanka faced two major oil spills and the coastguards assisted
them in containing it last year.
The course is sponsored by ITEC division of
Indian Ministry of External Affairs. 42 delegates of various maritime agencies
of respective countries are participating in the course. Aim of the course has
been drawn up in line with Government of India’s vision to enhance capacity
building in Indian Ocean Region, Indo-Pacific & Gulf of Guinea countries
and littoral countries.
participation is encouraging and will enhance professional acumen, awareness,
co-ordination & co-operation among the countries in the field of
environmental protection. The course has commenced today and will conclude on
April 29th. The participants during the course will be subjected to both theoretical
aspects of oil spill response techniques, and practical live demo of response
methods, shoreline cleanup techniques and air surveillance procedures.