9th National Level Pollution Response Exercise

  • NATPOLREX-IX was conducted by the Indian Coast Guard on 25 Nov 2023 here at Vadinar, Gujarat.
  • Representatives of various ministries and departments of central and coastal state governments, ports, oil handling agencies, and other stakeholders participated.
  • More than 31 foreign observers and 80 delegates participated.
  • This is to test the level of preparedness and coordination between various resource agencies during a marine oil spill which invokes, the provisions of the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan or NOSDCP.
  • Surface and air platforms utilised Pollution Response Vessels (PRVs), Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter Mk-III, and Dornier Aircraft (configured for marine pollution response).
  • The responsibility to protect the marine environment in the maritime zones of India were transferred from the Ministry of Shipping to the Indian Coast Guard India on 07 Mar 1986.
  • The Coast Guard prepared the NOSDCP for combating oil spill disasters at sea, approved by the Committee of Secretaries in 1993.
  • The Coast Guard has established four Pollution Response Centers at Mumbai, Chennai, Port Blair and Vadinar.
  • The Indian Coast Guard functions as the Central Coordinating Authority for response to Oil spills in Indian waters.
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