Muscat: Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Samudra Prahari is visiting Muscat today. During the four-day visit, Indian Coast Guard personnel will meet the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG) to hold discussions on ways to increase mutual cooperation. The commanding officer, Deputy Inspector General Donny Michael. will also call on senior dignitaries from the ROPCG.
ICGS Samudra Prahari is the first pollution-control vessel, not only in the Indian Coast Guard's fleet but also in the entire region. The ship was indigenously built by ABG Shipyard, Surat. It was commissioned in the year 2010.
The ship is 95 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 is equipped with state-of-the-art pollution response and control equipment, including containment equipment such as Hi sprint booms and river booms, recovery devices such as skimmers and side-sweeping arms, and storage devices such as oil recovery operation tanks and inflatable barges.
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 fire-fighting system.