What is the Indian navy doing to avoid a maritime disaster?
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Posted on June 25, 2018 by joshua burtmore | Read more | In a bid to minimise the risk of a naval disaster, the Indian Navy is planning to deploy a new type of boat to its Indian fleet that will be able to ferry the country’s oil tankers in the event of a disaster, as per an official announcement on Friday.
The announcement by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) comes as it prepares to begin its second phase of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill disaster relief and recovery.
The Indian Navy has a fleet of about 400 sea vessels, mostly frigate-based, but also a fleet called the “Tug of War” and other smaller boats that can ferry oil tanker ships and tanker convoys.
The DWH oil spill has left more than 300 people dead and forced the closure of more than 2,000 oil and gas refineries, causing an industrywide shortage of fuel.
The Indian navy said it had decided to deploy the new “tug of war” boat, which is equipped with an electric propulsion system, to carry oil tanker convicts to port.
It is hoped that the vessel will be ready by late July.
A Navy spokesperson said that the new boat was being tested in the Indian Ocean, adding that the ship has already passed a series of safety checks, including a test flight, during which it was cleared for service.
The spokesperson also said that there is a “good chance” the boat will be deployed to the Indian coast as soon as next month.
The news comes just weeks after the Indian government had asked oil companies to take precautions against the use of diesel engines and increased training for its fleet to reduce the risk from oil spills.
Oil companies were also ordered to increase the number of oil tanking barge drivers in their fleet to prevent accidents and prevent damage to pipelines.
Despite the government’s directive, some companies have refused to take any safety measures, while others have opted for a less stringent approach, such as installing extra patrols to check if the vehicles are properly insured.
The government has also said it is seeking the advice of the Oil Safety Authority of India (OSA), which is expected to recommend that the Indian ship be given permission to dock in the Persian Gulf as well.
After its DWH disaster, India has ordered a $1 billion response package for the country, which includes new tankers, new lifeboats, lifeboats for oil tanker ships and a fleet rescue vessel, among other measures.
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Posted on June 25, 2018 by joshua burtmore | Read more | In a bid to minimise the risk of…