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Indian Coast Guard’s Pollution Control Vessel (PCV) Samudra Paheredar made a port call at Muara, Brunei, as part of its ongoing overseas deployment to ASEAN countries. The visit of ICG specialized vessel to ASEAN countries is in pursuance of India ASEAN Initiative for Marine Pollution, as announced by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in the year 2022 in Cambodia during the ASEAN Defence Minister Plus Meeting.

What is 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
  • It is stationed on the East Coast of India in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 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.