Indian Coast Guards show how its vessel handles oil pollution


Specialised vessel: The Vishwast, which is equipped to clean up oil spills, berthed in Port Klang during its stopover.

ONE of the activities conducted by visiting Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Vishwast in Port Klang, was a demonstration on how to combat oil pollution at sea.

“We have the specific equipment to counter oil pollution and the demonstration was part of our programme here,” said the ship’s executive officer Commandant A. Bose.

ICGS Vishwast arrived at Port Klang on Feb 4 and left for Myanmar three days later.

The demonstration carried out by the Indian Coast Guard officers was witnessed by officers and personnel from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Bose, who spoke on behalf of the ship’s commanding officer Deputy Inspector General (DIG) T. Sashi Kumar, said combating oil pollution at sea was part of the Indian Coast Guard’s charter of duties. ICGS Vishwast was built by Goa Shipyard Limited and commissioned in March 2010.

The ship, which is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is fitted with modern weapons, high-tech communications system and sensors.

The ship is manned by 10 officers and 82 personnel.

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