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Coastguard commissions an interceptor boat at Krishnapatnam port in South Andhra Pradesh

Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat (IB) C-436, designed and built by Larsen and Toubro was commissioned at Krishnapatnam by Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh government Dinesh Kumar, on January fifth.. Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, , Commander, Coast Guard Region (East), Deputy Inspector General  AK Harbola, Coast Guard Commander, Andhra Pradesh, CEO of Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal and other senior dignitaries from Central and State Government were present.

The interceptor boat is the last among the 36 boats ordered by the Coastguards to keep a vigil on the vast coastline of the country.          The Interceptor Boat has an overall length of 27.80 meters, displacement of 101 tons and can achieve maximum speed of 45 knots with the help of jet propulsion system. It has endurance of 500 NM. ICGS C-436 is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as Coastal Security operations, Search and Rescue, Medical evacuation and routine coordinated surveillance with Coast Guard Aircraft. The Interceptor Boat (IB) is commanded by Assistant Commandant Ankur Banerjee. The IB is fitted with state-of-the-art Communication and Navigational equipment. The ship has adequate armaments onboard for enforcing Coast Guard Charter of duties.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dinesh Kumar said that ‘coordination’ among all stake holders involved in implementation of Coastal Security measures is most important factor. He lauded the coordination of Coast Guard and all stake holders. He intimated that Coastal Security Police in Andhra Pradesh is being further strengthened in its capabilities.

The ship on joining the Coast Guard Fleet at Krishnapatnam will enhance Coast Guard’s capability in furthering its mandate of Maritime Security and Safety, Environmental Protection and Coastal Security in the eastern region specifically that of Andhra Pradesh Coast.

 

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