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Recently, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has conducted the 8th edition of two-day National Level Pollution Response Exercise, ‘NATPOLREX-VIII’, off Mormugao harbour, Goa.
- The exercise was a two-day event that included a table-top exercise, a pollution response workshop on marine oil and HNS (Hazardous and Noxious Substances) spill, and a sea exercise.
- Various components of the NOSDCP (National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan) were used throughout the exercise to validate and refine contingency plans, as well as assess resource agencies’ and stakeholders’ readiness to respond to any marine spill disaster at sea.
- More than 85 people from 50 agencies are taking part in the exercise, including 29 observers from 22 friendly foreign countries and international organisations, as well as two Coast Guard ships from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
- It aims to validate the procedures and guidelines contained in the NOSDCP at the national and regional levels under the aegis of SACEP (South Asian Cooperative for Environment Protection), of which India is a member state
- To improve the preparedness and response capability of all stakeholders in combating marine spills.