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Context: The 9th National Level Pollution Response Exercise (NATPOLREX-IX) was conducted by the Indian Coast Guard off Vadinar, Gujarat.
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NATPOLREX Exercise 2023 Overview
|NATPOLREX Exercise 2023 Overview
|Nature of NATPOLREX Exercise
|This is a drill focusing on preparedness for marine oil spills.
|The exercise is conducted by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Objectives of NATPOLREX Exercise
The National Level Pollution Response Exercise (NATPOLREX) is a biennial exercise conducted by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) to test the preparedness of various agencies involved in oil spill response. The NATPOLREX exercise aims to enhance the coordination and effectiveness of oil spill response measures, ensuring that India is well-equipped to handle such incidents. Here are some of the key objectives of NATPOLREX exercises:
- To test the effectiveness of oil spill response plans and procedures.
- To assess the preparedness of various agencies involved in oil spill response.
- To enhance coordination and communication among agencies.
- To identify and address any gaps or shortcomings in oil spill response capabilities.
- To provide training opportunities for personnel involved in oil spill response.
NATPOLREX exercises are crucial for maintaining India’s preparedness for oil spill disasters. By regularly testing and refining response procedures, India can minimize the environmental impact of such incidents and protect its marine ecosystem. The exercises also provide valuable training opportunities for personnel involved in oil spill response.
Role of the Indian Coast Guard in Managing Oil Spills
- Central Coordination: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is designated as the key authority for coordinating responses to oil spills in Indian territorial waters.
- Policy Formulation: The ICG is responsible for creating the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP), which serves as the primary strategic guideline for handling oil spill disasters in Indian waters.
- Specialised Vessels: The ICG operates three Pollution Response Vessels, namely ICGS Samudra Prahari, ICGS Samudra Paheredar, and ICGS Samudra Pavak, each equipped specifically for addressing chemical and oil spills at sea.
- Establishment of Response Centers: The ICG has set up four Pollution Response Centers strategically located at Mumbai, Chennai, Port Blair, and Vadinar to enhance its capability in managing oil spills.