Indian Coast Guard ship on five-day visit to Qatar

In the framework of the deep-rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted cooperation between India and Qatar, the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Pavak will visit Qatar’s Hamad Port from January 24 to 28.

The visit also comes in conjunction with India’s 68th Republic Day celebrations on January 26, Indian Embassy said in a statement.

Hamad Port is the first port of call by ICGS Samudra Pavak during her upcoming overseas deployment to the Gulf region covering Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

ICGS Samudra Pavak, the third of the Pollution Control Vessel (PCV) series of the Indian Coast Guard, was indigenously designed and built by ABG Ship Yard Pvt. Ltd and commissioned on January14, 2016. Samudra Pavak means “Purifier of the Seas”.

ICGS Samudra Pavak has 15 officers and 99 other personnel under the command of deputy inspector general Satish Kumar, Tatraksha Medal, and is based at Porbandar under the administrative and operational control of the commander, Headquarters, Coast Guard Region Gandhinagar.

The 94m PCV is equipped with state-of-the-art technology which includes Integrated Platform Management System, Dynamic Positioning System, Power Management System, External Fire Fighting System and Pollution Control Equipment for undertaking Coast Guard charter specific duties.

The PCV is also equipped with pollution response and control equipment which includes containment equipment like high sprint booms and river booms, recovery equipment like skimmers and side sweeping arms, storage devices like ORO tanks, and inflatable barges and spraying equipment like retractable spill spray system and aerial spray system.

The ship is capable of carrying and operating helicopters from her deck.

The visit of ICGS Samudra Pavak is the third visit by an Indian Coast Guard Ship to Qatar in the last three years; ICGS Vijit and ICGS Sankalp had made friendly voyages to Doha port in December 2014 and January 2016, respectively. ICGS Samudra Pavak will be at Hamad Port until January 28.

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