Course in Oil Spill Assessment from Cost Guard
The Coast Guard has joined hands with a maritime university to offer an international level course focusing on oil spill assessment and shoreline clean-up exercise to train officials in tackling such disasters.
The Coast Guard and the private AMET University recently entered into an agreement to offer the International Maritime Organisation Level-II Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Co-operation (OPRC) program for senior and middle level managers of oil firms and ports.
“The five-day OPRC Level-II course which commenced this month is the first of its kind or initiative in the country”, Inspector General A. Rajasekhar, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East), said.
The course offers intensive training sessions conforming to the IMO guidelines and would cover oil spill assessment, combat techniques, planning waste management, legislation compensations and applicable claims, and shoreline cleanup exercises, he said.
AMET University vice-chancellor Capt. S. Bhardwaj said in case of any emergency of an oil pollution, these trained people would become “on-scene commanders” and would coordinate with Coast Guard and other relevant agencies to tackle the situation.
The entry requirement for the course is that the personnel nominated should be at least a middle-level manager, who has sufficient experience in Pollution Response Operations.