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Coast Guard Oil Spill Management Exercise continues

Coast Guard Oil Spill Management Exercise continues

[December 07 2017]


The week-long simulated Oil Spill Management Exercise conducted by the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) is continuing for the fourth day at seas off Dikovita. According to Coast Guard media, the Exercise which began on Monday (04th December) is aimed to self-evaluate SLCG's capacity and capability to undertake oil spill management in open seas using the newly acquired OPV, SLCG Suraksha as the Command and Control Platform.

Coast Guard personnel together with Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force personnel are taking part in the Exercise. During the course of the past several days a VERTERP (Vertical Replenishment) was also carried out using a SLAF Bell 212 Helicopter simulating the supplies from air. A number of vessels including, Coast Guard Ship 'Suraksha', IPC's and other craft are deployed for the Exercise. Onboard sessions were also conducted to enhance awareness of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, evidence collection techniques and use of chemicals.

The Director General Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge, Chairman of Marine Environment Protection Authority, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Rohana Perera, Commander Western Naval Area and Director General Operation of the Sri Lanka Navy were present to observed the day's manoeuvres from the ship (OPV) at anchorage on Wednesday (06th December).


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