ICGS Samudra Paheredar

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External Affairs recently visited Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Paheredar, which is in Manila Bay in the Philippines, as part of an overseas deployment to ASEAN countries.

About ICGS Samudra Paheredar

  • It is a specialised Pollution Control Vessel (PCV) of the Indian Coast Guard.
  • It is the second PCV of India (the first being ICGS Samudra Prahari).
  • It was indigenously built by ABG Shipyard, Surat.
  • It was commissioned in 2012. 
  • It is stationed on the East Coast of India in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Features:
    • The ship is 94.10 metres long, draws 4,300 tons at maximum displacement, and is propelled by 3,000-kilowatt twin diesel engines, producing power that is further enhanced by twin shaft generators for a maximum speed of 21 knots. 
    • At economical speed, the ship has an endurance of 6,500 nautical miles and can stay at sea for 20 days.
    • The ship’s primary role is pollution response at sea and is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated pollution response and control equipment for mitigating oil spills, which includes containment equipment like hi-sprint booms and river booms, recovery devices like skimmers, and side sweeping arms.
    • The ship is capable of unhindered oil-recovery operations, with a storage capacity of 502 kilolitres.
    • The special features include an integrated platform management system, a power management system, and a high-powered external firefighting system.
    • It is capable of operating one twin-engine ALH/ Chetak helicopter. 

Q1) What is the Indian Coast Guard (ICG)?

It is an armed force that protects India's maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone. It was formally established in 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 as an independent Armed force of India. It operates under the Ministry of Defence. The organization is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG).

Source: EAM Jaishankar visits Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Paheredar in Philippines