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Indian Coast Guard : News, Pictures and Discussions.

Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by Ankit Kumar 001, Oct 17, 2016.

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How satisfied you are with the CoastGuard Build-up?

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  1. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Indian Coast Guard Ship Atulya, a Fast Patrol Vessel built by Cochin Shipyard Limited at Kochi and commissioned into Indian Coast Guard on October 21 has arrived at the Coast Guard jetty here on Monday.

    ICGS Atulya is based at Visakhapatnam and will be deployed mainly in the exclusive economic zone off Andhra Pradesh and augment the coastal security measures in the State. The 50 meters long vessel can achieve a maximum speed of 35 knots speed with an endurance of 1500 NM. It is equipped with state of art machinery and sensors loaded with high tech weaponry, advanced navigational and communication equipment. The ship is capable of undertaking multi-faceted tasks, according to a press release.

    http://m.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/coast-guard-ship-atulya-arrives/article9347551.ece
     
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    KARWAR: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has warned fishermen against carrying more number of people in fishing boats than permitted and also operating them without valid documents. The ICG said its ships on patrol have been noticing that several fishing boats are operating without valid documents and most of the fishermen do not possess the identity cards given to them by the authorities. It is also found out that these boats are carrying more number of people than permitted, the release said.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/city/hubb...-ICG-tells-fishermen/articleshow/55429416.cms
     
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    One killed in fire on fishing boat off Gujarat coast
    13 hours ago | Published by : newsagency
    Porbandar, Nov 19 (IANS) One person was killed and another severely burnt in a fire which broke out on a fishing trawler off the Porbandar coast in the Arabian Sea on Friday, officials said on Saturday.
    Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Arush’ doused the fire and assisted in the rescue of fishermen from the distressed boat. There were five crew members on board.
    The Coast Guard district headquarters here received information about a major fire onboard the fishing boat ‘Krishna Raj’, which was 14 nautical miles off Porbandar, over telephone from the president of the fishermen’s association at around 1.30 p.m.
    The Coast Guard ship, which was on patrol duty, rushed to the distressed boat to douse the fire and rescue the crew. Officers of the Indian Coast Guard with the assistance of fishermen sailing in other boats in the area, extinguished the fire in about 90 minutes.
    The boat, with the surviving crew members, was towed to the coast.
    –IANS

    http://www.indialivetoday.com/one-killed-in-fire-on-fishing-boat-off-gujarat-coast/63022.html
     
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    L&T Gets Additional Orders To Build High Speed Interceptor Boats

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    After the initial order for building 36 interceptor boats for the Indian Coast Guard, L&T is executing additional orders for 18 more boats, totaling 54 orders for construction of a series of high-speed Interceptor Boats (IBs) for the Indian Coast Guard.
    Won against stiff global competition, the IBs are designed to meet the stringent requirements of defence and law enforcement agencies, including coastal patrolling, surveillance, high-speed interception and search and rescue operations.

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    With a length of 27.7 m, breadth of 6.4 m, these are designed with very low draft of 1.3 m. Twin waterjets powered by diesel engines enable speeds in excess of 45 knots, with a range of over 500 nautical miles.

    Constructed of aluminum hull for light weight, these vessels have excellent sea-keeping quality, dynamic stability, maneuverability and acceleration, even at high speeds. Water jet propulsion also provides crash-stop, quick reversal and high speed turning capabilities. The boats can survive up to sea state 6. These unique features set L&T’s interceptors well ahead of other designs.





    The Interceptor Boat was designed in-house by L&T at their dedicated Marine Design Centre, equipped with modern integrated digital design aids, including 3D Digital Modelling, Virtual Reality and Product Lifecycle Management.

    High end design and analysis software suites were extensively employed in the design and performance analysis of the Interceptor Boat.

    All the operational and accommodation spaces have been ergonomically laid out with the use of virtual reality assessments. The machinery compartments are spacious and offer ease of operation. Excellent performance of IBs in service affirms indigenous design and construction capabilities of L&T for Naval vessels.

    L&T has so far delivered 28 nos. IBs so far, with the delivery of last boat approximately two years ahead of contractual schedule, a first of its kind in India. They have been deployed all along the Indian coastline. Further, 20 IBs are ready for delivery to the Indian Coast Guard, awaiting crew placement.

    Considering the future requirements, L&T has also developed indigenous waterjet system, a first in India. In addition, L&T has developed a variant of Interceptor Boats with fixed pitch propeller and shafting option in lieu of waterjets, for exports.


    http://defenceaviationpost.com/lt-gets-additional-orders-to-build-high-speed-interceptor-boats/

    -45 knots is some serious speed out on the water!


    + @PARIKRAMA @Ankit Kumar 001 @Gessler @Nilgiri @vstol jockey in regards to the red (above),I'm not really too well versed in maritime matters, why would some export customers prefer fixed pitch propellers+ shafts over the waterjets (that offer greater agility and speed)? Are waterjets more expensive to procure and maintain?
     
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    Yes the cost/horsepower is considerably higher for a pump jet. Props are better suited to some environments as well, where the mainstay of travel is more low speed and there is more debris in the water.
     
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    Coast Guard Inspector General reviews operations in Karnataka
    TNN | 9 hours ago

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    MANGALURU: Inspector General VS Pathania, Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) visited the city on Tuesday to review the Indian Coast Guard operations and infrastructure development in Karnataka.
    Pathania's main priorities as the Flag Officer include strengthening the coastal security through coordination with all state and central agencies and to make the seas safe for all fishermen and merchantmen on the West Coast of India.
    During the visit, Pathania interacted with Coast Guard officers and inspected various units. He appreciated everyone's hard work for maintaining safety, security and pristine environment of the Karnataka Coast as well as sea areas around the state.
    "It will be my endeavour that the Indian Coast Guard protects the people of Karnataka who are venturing into sea for fishing. Coordinated efforts of Coast Guard as well as other stake holders like Coastal Security Police, customs, port authorities, related industries will provide conducive environment for the state's flourishing maritime sector," said Pathania during interaction.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/city/mang...ews-ops-in-Karnataka/articleshow/55568783.cms
     
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    Coastal Security: 8 Years After 26/11 Terror Attacks, Is Mumbai Safe?
    Aritra Hazra | CNN-News18
    First published: November 26, 2016, 7:47 AM IST | Updated: 5 hours ago

    Mumbai: In November 2015, five teams- each comprising over half a dozen men and armed with explosives- sneaked into Mumbai through various points along the city's coastline. Quite like the Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives who entered in 2008 on November 26. Similar breaches were made in the month of May and November in 2016, but thankfully for the citizens of Mumbai, these were personnel from Coast guard and other security forces performing a maritime security exercise called 'Sagar Kavach'.

    The fact that as many as five teams were able to make their way in successfully has been worrying.
    Post the attack of 26/11 in Mumbai, 'Sagar Kavach' was introduced as a maritime security exercise and is held every year twice since 2009. Coast guard, Indian Navy, Marine wing of state or city police and other agencies responsible of coastal security are involved in the operation. Two teams, Red (dummy militants) and Blue (security forces) are made. Red team is tasked with breaching the security around the coast and the blue teams have to spot the dummy militants and stop them. The exercise is being conducted in all the states with a coastal line. In the month of November the exercise was conducted in Maharashtra and Goa.

    A senior official from coast guard said that the number of personnel in each team varies according to the task that they have been asked to complete. “For example, a red team member might be given dummy explosives and then he is asked to go out and try to breach the security accordingly when he deems that it is possible to do so. It helps in knowing the loopholes,” added the officer.
    A source from the Indian Coast Guard (Western Region) confirmed that certain number of Red teams did breach the security cover of the Blue teams. Another senior officer from the agency said, “Breaches are supposed to take place as it makes the various agencies aware of the gaps in security which should be filled.” Coast guard officials claim that the breaches are decreasing with time, and the new loop holes which are spotted are being addressed.

    A Navy spokesperson said, “Sagar Kavach is conducted to check the loop holes in the coastal security. This time we reduced the intelligence which is generally provided to the blue team. We made it extremely difficult for them.”
    He further added that colour coding of the fishing boats which was suggested by the security agencies have been implemented after the notification was issued. “In Gujarat they have a standard colour, but in Maharashtra, the colour coding is done district wise. This has been done to make it difficult for the terror forces to disguise themselves as fishermen even if they try to sneak in with a particular colour skinned boat. Fishermen were initially against it but they have now agreed to follow the notification,” said the spokesperson.
    Eight years have passed since Mumbai and the country experienced the deadliest terror attack in the history of the nation. The maximum city was brought to a standstill as ten militants caused mayhem in South Mumbai for 60 odd hours.

    Mumbai Police on the other hand claimed that 18 boats are currently patrolling along the coastline of the city. “Patrolling is being done every day from last one year. Licensed police personnel operate these boats and the licenses are issued under Inland vessels act. Operational officers are from the coastal police stations from the port zone. Goa ship yard is maintaining these boats,” said a senior officer from Mumbai police.
    Although claims of regular patrolling are being made by the force, fishermen at Badhwar Park, from where the ten terrorists entered on November 26 in 2008, claim that they have hardly seen the Marine police patrollin

    http://www.news18.com/news/india/co...11-terror-attacks-is-mumbai-safe-1315998.html
     
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    No guarantee that attack like 26/11 won’t happen again on Indian coasts: Maritime security experts
    By Arshi Aggarwal | Updated On : November 26, 2016 11:14 AM
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    Eight years after the gruesome Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian coastal regions continue to be full of loopholes which can be potentially exploited by infiltrators, says Maritime Security expert Abhijit Singh.

    Speaking to Newsnation in an exclusive interview, Singh, who is former naval officer and currently heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at a renowned international security research organisation, said that Indian coastal security has seen a significant upgrade since the Mumbai terror attacks, but several loopholes remain to be plugged.

    The security gaps, he said, can be attributed to coastal states’ unwillingness to contribute and upgrade security architecture. “While Tamil Nadu has done a commendable work in upgrading the security along its coasts, Mumbai and Odisha are still causes of concern,” Singh said.

    India’s upgraded naval security infrastructure

    Explaining the steps taken to upgrade maritime and coastal security after the attacks, Abhijit Singh said that India has strengthened the three-tier coastal security architecture, introduced a coastal security scheme, set up a National Command Control Communication Intelligence (NC3I) network and founded an Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) in Gurugram.

    - Three tier coastal security architecture: In place much before Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, the three-tier system for Indian coastal security was strengthened at a war footing after the incident. It included reinforcing and adequately implementing the territories of Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Police.

    While Indian Navy is over all in charge of India’s maritime and coastal security, it is also exclusively responsible for the outer/deeper waters in the Indian waters.

    Marine Police guards the shallow waters near land and Coast Guard maintains security of the intermediary sea.

    - Coastal security scheme: The scheme, originally introduced in 2005, was given cash influx by Centre and state government’s after the unfortunate incident of Mumbai terror attacks. Singh says that funding for technical equipment, training and personal has strengthened the security architecture significantly.

    Within the scheme, Coast guard police has added surveillance infrastructure like radars and automatic identification systems to help track any enemy boats in the Indian waters.

    - National Command Control Communication Intelligence network and Information Management and Analysis Centre:

    National Command Control Communication Intelligence (NC3I) network is India’s state of the art naval intelligence network which tracks the ships in real time. The Information Management and Analysis Centre is the central hub of NC3I network, which can track 30,000-40,000 ships on a daily basis.

    Taking feeds and inputs from multiple sources ranging from coastal radars to satellites, the IMAC located in Gurugram fuses, correlates and analyses them to assess threats at sea.

    Existing challenges to Indian coast security

    According to maritime security expert Abhijit, the challenges in security India’s border are still plenty, namely:

    # Sheer number of boats on Mumbai coasts is makes tracking and checking for infiltrators a humongous task

    # Fishermen community largely avoids installation of AIS or small transponders in their boats, which can identify and send back the information of nearby vessels, because it opens them up to tracking and persecution in case of transgression outside Indian waters.

    # Nature of threat is evolving very fast. According to Singh, while India is upgrading its system at a steady pace, the infiltrators are now very well equipped and trained in high maritime security architectural knowledge.

    # Extensive support from Pakistan to militants or smugglers attempting to cross the borders from sea routes increases the challenge.

    Owing to Pakistan’s involvement, Sir Creek has become is the favourite cross over region for the smugglers, Singh revealed.

    The number of abandoned boats found in the tidal estuary on the border of India and Pakistan are also indicative of the fact that smugglers might still be using the region to transfer contrabands in India through this region.

    Thus, he said, it is crucial for states like Maharashtra to increase the engagement in improvisation of security on India’s sea routes and coastal regions.

    http://www.newsnation.in/article/15...ppen-again-says-maritime-security-expert.html
     
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    Coastal states yet to get special police stations

    SOMENDRA SHARMA | Sun, 27 Nov 2016-07:35am , DNA

    A year after the Mumbai police had urged the Central Government that each state in western India should have its own coastal police station to investigate any criminal offences taking place in the sea near their respective coasts, the proposal is still gathering dust. With the police yet to receive any communication from the Centre on the request, the Yellow Gate police station in the city will remain the only coastal police station investigating offences along the entire Western coast, with a massive jurisdiction of 1,600 nautical miles between Gujarat and Kanyakumari.

    The Mumbai police had earlier stated that it is not feasible for them to probe such cases as there are language barriers and teams cannot be sent regularly to other states to probe cases.

    The proposal was mooted by the police to the Central Government through the State Government. "Since Yellow Gate police station is the only police station which covers a massive area in the sea from Gujarat till Kanyakumari, this police station has to register all criminal cases registered offshore and investigate them," said an officer from Mumbai police on the condition of anonymity.

    The jurisdiction of the coastal police extends up to 12 nautical miles in the sea or territorial waters, and that of the Coast Guard extends from the baseline to the limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone (from 0 to 200 nautical miles in the sea). The area beyond 200 nautical miles, or high seas, falls under the jurisdiction of the Indian Navy.

    Citing difficulties that the Yellow Gate police face while probing cases that occur off the coastline of other states, a police officer said, "If a criminal offence has taken place in the sea either near Gujarat or any other southern coastal state, then the case comes to us. In such a case, we face a lot of language barriers. It becomes very difficult for us to send our police teams to other states regularly to probe the cases, trace the witnesses and record their statements."

    "There is no response or notification from the Central Government yet on the proposal that was given to them informing them that every coastal state in western India should have its own coastal police station to probe criminal offences in waters in their region. Yellow gate, which has its jurisdiction from Kanyakumari till Kandla Port to investigate criminal cases, continues to do so," said Additional Commissioner of Police, south region, Pratap Dighavkar.

    In September 2015, Iqbal Bhatti, 40, a fisherman from Okha in Gujarat died after he was fired upon by an unknown person aboard another boat bearing the Pakistan flag. The Okha police had transferred the case to the Yellow Gate police for probe. The firing had taken place off Gujarat coast.

    In April, last year, the Yellow Gate police registered an offence under relevant sections of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against eight Pakistani nationals who were caught by the Indian Coast Guard off Porbandar Coast in Gujarat with suspected heroin.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-coastal-states-yet-to-get-special-police-stations-2277295
     
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    External threats through Sea Routes
    | Delhi Nov 29, 2016 04:20 PM IST

    External threats through Sea Routes
    Post the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, there have been several inputs, emanating from multiple sources, indicating likelihood of terrorist attacks on coastal States / Union Territories, including the island territories, by using the sea route. These threats are assessed at regular intervals. Monitoring, review and assessment of the coastal security construct is an ongoing process and is undertaken on a periodic basis. National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security (NCSMCS), under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, monitors the progress in respect of coastal security initiatives, any shortfall encountered, and decides on measures to plug the gaps. The Committee meets at least twice a year. The 14th meeting of the NCSMCS was held recently on 24th November 2016. A coastal security ring all along our coast is provided by Marine Police, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy. Other measures include improving surveillance mechanism, enhanced patrolling and joint operational exercises conducted on regular basis among Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police, Customs and others. Installation of radars covering the countrys entire coastline and islands is also an essential part of this process. Further, continuous review and monitoring mechanisms have been established by the Government at different levels including agencies and State / Union Territory authorities.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Meghraj Jain in Rajya Sabha today.

    http://wap.business-standard.com/ar...hreats-through-sea-routes-116112900698_1.html
     
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    6Th Sankalp Batch 2 OPV launched by GSL , Another 5 of the kind ordered

    Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) launched 'ICGS Sujay', sixth and last of the six offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday. With this indigenously-designed warship, the largest ever shipbuilding order signed by Indian Coast Guard has been successfully fulfilled.
    Impressed by the quick delivery schedule, the Indian Coast Guard has placed another order for five more ships with Goa Shipyard.

    "The six offshore patrol vessel project is the biggest shipbuilding order, ever to be signed by Indian Coast Guard. The launching of this ship marks the beginning of culmination of a project well executed, with three quality ships delivered ahead of contractual delivery schedule at fixed cost," inspector general of the Indian Coast Guard S K Goyal said.
    The 105-metre new generation offshore patrol vessel is powered by twin diesel engines and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. The vessel carries four boats for boarding party operations. One 30mm gun and two 12.7mm guns with associated fire control system form the main weaponry package. GSL delivered three OPVs within a short span of nine months.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/city/goa/Coast-Guard-gets-6th-OPV-from-GSL/articleshow/55714954.cms
     
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    Ministry of Defence02-December, 2016 14:30 IST
    Coast Guards

    The coastal security review is carried out periodically through National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security against threats from the Sea (NCSMCS) under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary and Steering Committee under the Chairpersonship of the Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs where all coastal States / UTs are its members, wherein all relevant matters of coastal security are discussed.
    In an expanding organization like Coast Guard, augmentation of ships, aircraft, infrastructure, equipment and manpower is an ongoing process to maintain the coastal security of the country. At present, Coast Guard assets have increased from 60 ships / Interceptor Boats / Air Cushion Vehicles in early 2009 to 125 in 2016. The air assets have also been increased with the current fleet of 62 aircraft compared to 46 aircraft in 2009. Coast Guard has 42 stations at different locations along the coast line and island territories in comparison to 22 stations in 2009. The sanctioned strength of Coast Guard has increased from 8,006 to 15,714 at present. Further, Static radars have been installed along the Indian Coastline for electronic surveillance of vessel traffic.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Jayshreeben Patel in Lok Sabha today.
    DM/NAMPI/RAJ
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    Parliament committee warns MHA, says terrorists may use islands as terror launch pads
    Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu New Delhi, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    The Parliament committee on home affairs has cautioned Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and security agencies about possible use of uninhabited islands being used as safe havens to regroup.

    Committee further warned that terrorists may use new modus operandi and unconventional methods to launch terror strikes in India.

    MHA stated that Lashkar-e-Taiba's threats to India's coastal security are well known.

    Information on poaching by Myanmar fishermen, Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar by sea which is likely to impact security of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has also been shared.

    The committee also mentioned that marine police should be watchful in thwarting any incursions by foreigners.

    Subsequently, MHA informed the committee about a three-tier coastal security ring provided by the Marine Police, Coast Guard and Indian Navy.

    It has talked of a number of measures including deployment of ships and aircraft for patrolling. In addition, a chain of radars and a network of Automatic Identification System ( AIS) covering the country's coastline is operational for round-the-clock surveillance.

    http://m.indiatoday.in/story/parlia...guard-indian-navy-marine-police/1/829050.html

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    Terrorists may use uninhabited islands as safe haven: Parliamentary panel

    Updated: Dec 07, 2016 22:49 IST
    By PTI

    A parliamentary panel has cautioned the government and security agencies about possible use of uninhabited islands in seas being used as safe haven by terrorists.

    In its report, the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs said that terrorist may use new modus operandi and unconventional methods to launch terror strikes in India by using the uninhabited islands.
    In its submission, the home ministry said that threats from terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba to India’s coastal security have been shared with agencies concerned from time-to-time.

    Inputs such as poaching by Myanmmar fishermen and Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmmar by sea and its likely impact on the security of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have also been shared.

    The committee mentioned that marine police should be watchful in thwarting any incursions by foreigners in any island.

    The home ministry has informed the panel about the three tier coastal security ring provided by marine police, Coast Guard and the Indian Navy.

    It has also mentioned a number of measures, including deployment of ships and aircraft for patrolling.
    The home ministry conveyed that a chain of radars and a network of Automatic Identification System covering the country’s coastline is being operationalised for round the clock surveillance.

    The parliamentary committee said despite 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, 187 minor ports in the country still lack standard security cover.

    The committee strongly recommended that regular security audit should be carried out at minor ports along with major ports.

    In its submission, the home ministry said the security audit conducted through Intelligence Bureau has revealed that out of 203 non-major and minor ports, 45 were non-operational, while 75 have no security force even for name sake.

    However, many of these ports though non-operational but were being used as fish landing points or jetties.

    The home ministry said that as per security audit, there were several shortcomings in the existing security arrangements like non-availability of X-ray machine, non- maintenance of incoming and outgoing communication etc.

    http://m.hindustantimes.com/india-n...ntary-panel/story-lj7RRz3VxuqRarPPsy7d8N.html
     
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    India, Bangladesh Talk Coast Guard Cooperation
    Both sides are looking to strengthen collaboration in the maritime realm.


    By Prashanth Parameswaran
    December 10, 2016



    This week, the India hosted a delegation from Bangladesh for a three-day visit for both sides to discuss coast guard cooperation.

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) hosted a four-member delegation led by Director General of the Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury.

    According to a press release by the Indian defense ministry, in addition to meeting senior officials, the delegation will be discussing issues of mutual cooperation in fields such as maritime law enforcement, maritime search and rescue, and marine pollution response.

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    In addition, the Bangladesh Coast Guard delegation is also traveling to Mumbai and Kolkata, where it will visit ICG facilities and hold discussions with coast guard commanders. No further details were publicly provided.

    The delegation’s visit comes just on the heels of Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar’s two-day trip to Bangladesh, making him the first ever Indian defense minister to visit the country.

    During his trip, Parrikar met with a range of senior officials, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who also holds the defense portfolio in the government, the president, the security adviser to the prime minister, and chiefs of the army, navy, air force, and coast guard.

    Both sides discussed a whole spectrum of issues including terrorism, personnel training, joint exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and the blue economy. The two countries were also said to be eyeing the conclusion of a new defense cooperation framework that would govern several key areas of cooperation.

    It also comes as China continues to boost its influence in South Asia, including Bangladesh, prompting concerns in India about Beijing challenging India in its own neighborhood. In mid-October, Xi Jinping became the first Chinese president in three decades to visit Bangladesh, and the inking of 27 deals worth $25 billion grabbed headlines.

    Moreover, last month, Bangladesh took delivery of its first-ever submarines from China, which are expected to arrive in Bangladesh in early 2017. Though they were refurbished, diesel-electric submarines and the step represented just the latest move in an already established pattern of China-Bangladesh defense cooperation, the move was nonetheless scored as yet another worry for India.

    On Friday, in what was read as an unfortunate setback for India-Bangladesh ties, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s planned visit to India this month was postponed. Her visit, which was scheduled to take place amid the commemoration of the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to Bangladesh’s creation was supposed to see a number of deliverables, including on the defense side.

    http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/india-bangladesh-talk-coast-guard-cooperation/
     
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    Cyclone Vardah damages vessels, other equipment at Chennai ports
    IANS | Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 17:59


    Chennai: Cyclone Vardah that crossed Chennai coast on December 12 has damaged some vessels at L&T Shipyard and Kamarajar Port Ltd, said officials.

    "There has been some damage to the L&T Shipyard at Kattupalli but it is not very severe. Since the facility was built by L&T (Larsen and Toubro Ltd), it will not take too long to repair the damage and restore normal operations," L&T vice president D Morada told IANS in an e-mail.

    "We are inspecting and assessing the extent of damage to the vessels, and will make a plan for repairs after that. The assets are covered under insurance.

    "Overall, there will be no significant impact our business," Morada added.

    However Morada declined to specify the number of vessels that got damaged and the extent of the damage.

    On the other hand, Kamarajar Port`s Chairman-cum-Managing Director MA Bhaskarachar told IANS: "One pilot launch belonging to a private contractor was lost. Similarly navigation buoys got drifted or damaged. Several trees, lamp posts have fallen. Sheets on conveyor belt was also damaged."

    According to him, the total loss for Kamarajar Port may be around Rs 10 crore.

    "It is rough estimate and could be less also," Bhaskarachar added.

    He said a day before the cyclone all the ships that were berthed were asked to move out and no new vessel was brought in.

    According to Indian Coast Guard, the situation was tense at Chennai Port on December 12 after the ropes of port crane vessel `F.C.Thangam` parted and drifted onto the decommissioned submarine `Wagli`.

    As a result, the ropes of submarine also broke as did the mooring ropes of `MV Akbar`, dredger `Kaveri` and `VH1`.

    According to Coast Guard, its vessel ICGS Varad was deployed to bring back the vessels set adrift to safety.

    The Coast Guard said the two teams of ICGS Varad and with additional manpower, ropes and two tugs re-berthed the adrift vessels safely.

    First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 17:58
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