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India, B'desh Coast Guards conducting exercise on pollution

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The is conducting a bilateral table-top exercise on maritime pollution response with Coast Guard at the regional headquarters (North East) of the here today.

(NE) commander K S Sheoran said the two-day exercise, that began today, is being conducted in the backdrop of the MoU signed between and South Asian Cooperation for Protection (SACEP) approved by the in May.

The Coast Guard delegation was led by M Ehsanullah Khan, Commanding officer,

"During the exercise, a scenario was developed wherein one flag tanker collided with an Indian flag vessel resulting into developing a hole in the vessel which led to discharge of huge heavy fuel into sea," he said.

Officials of both the neighbouring countries participated in brainstorming for formulating actions to prevent the reaching the shore so that sensitive bio-reserve of Sundarbans could be saved, Sheoran said.

In addition to the exercise, both the sides discussed various common maritime issues and capacity building of through training and expertise sharing on maritime issues.

Incidentally, an Indian flag container vessel " Kolkata" caught fire in the on June 13 and drifted close to the Indo-Bangladesh international maritime boundary and the Sundarbans, before it was anchored by Navy commandos and mariners of the vessel.

Altogether 22 mariners of the vessel were rescued by ICGS Rajkiran.

Salvage operations of the vessel are on, (NE) commandant Chitra Biswas said.

The Coast Guard spokesperson, however, said the table-top exercise has nothing to do with the accident encountered by the container ship.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 26 2018. 21:15 IST
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