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Coast Guard to add 50 vessels to its fleet in four years

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The (ICG) will acquire 50 new vessels and around 40 aircraft in the next four years, a top said here Wednesday.

K Natarajan, Additional Director General and Coast Guard Commander Western Sea Board, said with this addition, the force will have 200 platforms (boats and ships) by 2022.

Natarajan was speaking to reporters at the seventh joint national-level Pollution Response Exercise here.

"In 2008, we had some 60 platforms, and today we have more than 150 platforms -- ships and boats -- and all are operational," he said.

"By 2022, we will be having 200 platforms. The number of aircraft will also be increased from 62 to 100 in the same period," he said.

The highlight of the exercise was participation of Vessel ICGS Samudra Pavak and involvement of other agencies such as the Mumbai Port Trust, and the Shipping Corporation of

The is the central coordinating authority for dealing with spills.

Eleven ships and an Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft and a Chetak helicopter participated in this mega exercise along with vessels of other agencies.

"The is the main route for our trade. More than 70 per cent of our transits through this area and our are met. Areas such as Jamnagar, Vadinar, Mundra and Kandla are largely in use for oil tanker movement. Hence, international-level capacity development for containing in the sea is needed," Natarajan said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 18:06 IST