Indian Coast Guard and Essar collaborate on the noble cause of promoting maritime search and rescue efforts in the Indian Search and Rescue Region
Aug 7th, 2018
Each year, ICG (Indian Coast Guard) and Essar collaborate on the noble cause of promoting maritime search and rescue efforts in the Indian Search and Rescue Region (ISRR). The National Maritime Search and Rescue (NMSAR) Board confers an annual award on a merchant vessel, a government vessel and a fisherman to promote the inspiring and humanitarian deeds of vessels and their crew. Of this, Essar Shipping is the sponsor for the awards given to a government vessel and a fisherman.
The XVII NMSAR Awards ceremony was held on 5 July 2018.
The merchant ships that were jointly awarded were the MV ALS Ceres and OSV Greatship Prachi for collectively saving 39 lives.
The ICG SAR Award for a government-owned SAR unit was awarded to two vessels:
- MV Kodithala, a fuel barge operated by the Union Territory of Lakshadweep that saved the lives of 7 crew on board MSV Al Noor. The vessel was stuck near the Kavaratti islands, amid rough seas and turbulent wind conditions during Cyclone Ockhi, which created havoc off the Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts in December 2017
- Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) C-427 – ICGS C-427 undertook four daring search and rescue operations at sea during the period of Cyclone Ockhi and rescued 38 fishermen from capsized/stranded fishing boats at sea.
The ICG SAR Awards for a fisherman was conferred on Mr Milan Shankar Tare from Maharashtra, whose Indian fishing boat, Dharti, saved the lives of the 12 crew onboard IFB Shivneri after the ICG station near Dahanu, Maharashtra, received a distress call
Essar Shipping is proud to be associated with the ICG in encouraging maritime search and rescue efforts along the Indian coast.
Did you know?
India is a signatory to the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), 1979, which was last ratified in May 2001.
The ICG is the agency that is responsible for coordinating SAR services in the ISSR, which spans a vast area of 4.6 million sq kms. The ICG has been operating the INDSAR (Indian SAR Computerised Ship Reporting System) since 2003. It is a toll-free reporting arrangement that seeks to assist the three Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) across the country to divert the most suitable assets to the scene of distress and also keep track of a ship that is overdue, or which may need urgent assistance. The consistent efforts made by ICG ships and aircraft have saved 8,996 lives at sea until date, which translates to an average of one life saved every alternate day since the inception of the organisation.