Maritime Security Current Affairs - 2019

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ReSAREX-2019: ICG conducts Regional level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise-2019

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted the ‘Regional Level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise 2019’: ReSAREX- 19 off Goa coast. The two-day event was organised by Coast Guard District Headquarters-11 (Goa) to test efficiency and preparedness of ICG.

About ReSAREX- 19

The exercise comprised of a search and rescue workshop and table top exercise, followed by a search and rescue exercise at sea

Participants: Dornier aircraft, 5 ICG ships, 2 Chetak helicopters were used for workshop. Moreover, the resources from Captain of Ports, Indian Mission Control Centre (Bengaluru), State Marine Police, Goa Medical College, Goa state administration and Marmugao Port Trust were also pressed into service.

Need: With increase in maritime and fishing activities being further complicated by frequent cyclones, the maritime search and rescue services still remains a challenge and need to respond to every situation with utmost clarity, and by exercising full coordination with other support agencies. The workshop also assumes significance in the wake of recent search and rescue operations carried out during cyclones Kyaar and Maha.

India starts sharing maritime data

At the Goa Maritime Conclave, 2019, the National Security Advisor offered countries in the IOR use of facility to track the movement of vessels on high seas. India has a specialized center operating for the purpose called the IFC – IOR (Information Fusion Center – Indian Ocean Region). The center acts as an information sharing hub.

About IFC – IOR

The center was inaugurated in 2018. It links all the coastal radars to create a seamless real – time picture to cover the entire stretch of 7,500 km. It was established at the Navy IMAC, Gurgram. IMAC is Information Management and Analysis Center.

The center exchanges data about white shipping or commercial shipping with countries in the IOR. Currently, the center has linkages with more than 18 countries. The centers that exchange maritime security information includes Maritime Security center – Horn of Africa, Virtual Regional Maritime Traffic Center, Regional Cooperation Agreement on combating piracy and armed robbery, Information fusion center – Singapore, International Maritime Bureau – Piracy reporting center.