Friday, October 12, 2018

Indian Coast Guard signs MoU with AAI for maritime search and rescue

Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard and the Airports Authority of India on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to carry out maritime search and rescue of flights in the Chennai Flight Information Region.
The Indian Coast Guard has a Search and Rescue (SAR) coordination system manned 24x7 through Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Chennai, for quick response to distress incidents in the Bay of Bengal.

The Coast Guard has been entrusted with multifarious tasks ranging from maritime law enforcement and security, marine environmental protection and the most important of all is to ensure safety of lives and properties at sea.

As per the MoU, procedures will be in place for effective search and rescue service for aircraft operating over the seas in Chennai FIR. It is aimed at strengthening mutual interactions, interoperability and validating procedures to conduct SAR operations on the Eastern Sea board jointly by the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Chennai, Airport Authority of India (AAI) and MRCC, Chennai (Indian Coast Guard).
11/10/18 V Ayyappan/Times of India