Port Blair, Jan 02: Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands are highly eco sensitive and the waters around islands are vulnerable to marine pollution. The Indian Coast Guard is the Central Coordinating Agency (CCA) for responding to oil spill that occurs in the Maritime Zones of India. Indian Coast Guard endeavours to train all stake holders in oil spill response so as concerted efforts are made in case of any accidental spillage of oil. Accordingly, the Indian Coast Guard is conducting structured courses as designed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the personnel of Oil Handling Agencies, Resource Agencies, Stake Holders and Indian Coast Guard.
Pollution Response Team (A&N) of the Indian Coast Guard conducted maiden Oil Pollution Response Convention Level-I Course from 26-29 Dec 17 at Port Blair. The course was designed to bring awareness on preparedness and response techniques related to marine Oil Pollution as a first respondent. Apart from 16 personnel of the Indian Coast Guard, 05 Officers from Chief Conservator of Forest, Police Marine Force and Indian Oil Corporation participated in the course. All participants were exposed to various theoretical aspects of oil spill properties, behavior, fate and response techniques for containment and recovery. During the course, participants were also given extensive practical training in handling of oil spill response equipment. An exposure was also provided for Health and Safety precautions to be exercised during the operations. Wild life is also prone to high causalities during any oil spill and the method required for recovery and rehabilitation of wild life were also imparted during training. Application of Oil Spill Dispersant (OSD) is an important method for responding to oil spill. The participants also visited Coast Guard Air Enclave at Port Blair and were briefed about the aerial application of OSD.
On completion of the course, all the participants opined that the course was very useful and beneficial to them in understanding the Oil Spill Response methodology and equipment handling techniques.