Indian Coast Guard Ships ICGS Shaurya and Rajveer
were on a six-day visit to Chattogram, Bangladesh from 13 to 19 January, 2023
to enhance the cooperative engagements and interoperability under the
provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Indian and
Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG).
visit holds significance in strengthening the bilateral
relationships with BCG which has grown manifold over the years to ensure safe, secure and clean seas in the Region.
The fruitful engagements with various
senior officials and personnel of BCG during the visit has further
enhanced the safety and security of the fishermen and mariners.
During the visit, Pollution Response Team of Indian
Coast Guard conducted a five-day International
Maritime Organisation Level I course on Pollution Response for
the first time in Bangladesh for 20 BCG personnel.
The BCG personnel were also imparted training
on operations of PR equipment onboard ICGS Ships Shaurya and Rajveer.
A joint exercise was held at sea with BCG ships to
validate the established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in area of
environmental protection and Search and Rescue at the end of the visit. The
enthusiasm and keen interest displayed by senior officials and trainees will
certainly bolster the marine environmental protection initiatives by the
respective Governments in the Region.