December 05, 2011

Gujarat: Maritime Security Initiatives

To strengthen its security apparatus along the coastline, Gujarat government has decided to create a marine commando unit and recruit 600 personnel for it. In addition to 10 existing coastal police stations, we have proposed additional 12 coastal police stations. 31 mechanized 12-tonne boats have also been sanctioned. We are also thinking to establish Maritime Police Academy in Gujarat. The academy will provide a coastal safety force from the current pool of police officers. It will also educate fishermen in identifying threats in their localities. The State Government has initiated coordination with Coast Guard and Indian Navy for this purpose.

On the technology front, we have to take advantage of the present day technologies. We in Gujarat are quite committed on this front. A significant step has been the setting up of the state- of-the-art Vessel Traffic and Management System (VTMS) in the Gulf of Khambat. The radar based system will track movement of each vessel on the high seas along Gujarat’s coasts. This will not only ensure safe navigation of hazardous cargo, but also help in detecting any untoward activity or intrusions in Gujarat waters. The system was operationalized in the Gulf of Khambat in August 2010. Similar system is under implementation at the Gulf of Kutch. To increase security at ports, ISPS code is being implemented at Gujarat ports. Our Government is keen to ensure that the latest measures and technologies are implemented at its ports to make Gujarat’s waters safe and welcoming.

( Source: Narendra Modi's Speech)

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