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1.Indian Coast Guard (ICG) today commissioned a pollution control vessel ICGS Samudra Pavak at Porbandar to help deal with any eventuality created by the oil spill.
2.The ship was commissioned at Porbandar by Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar.
3.According to the statement, the Gulf of Kutch with its rich biodiversity, living resources, fisheries, coral reefs and mangrove vegetation, and swampy lands around the coast produces 71 per cent of the nation’s common salt, consequent high vulnerability of environment merits the positioning of the Pollution Response Vessel for prompt response to any oil spill contingencies.
4.The ship is equipped with the advanced pollution response and control equipment for mitigating oil spill in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India.
5.It can also perform activities like oil containment, recovery, oil separation and dispersion of pollutants. The availability of two rigid sweeping arms enables containment of oil spill in motion as well, the statement said.