More security around offshore installations

In view of the enhanced threat perception, security agencies were today asked to increase security measures around the offshore installations including oil rigs.

New Delhi: In view of the enhanced threat
perception, security agencies were today asked to increase
security measures around the offshore installations including
oil rigs.

At a meeting of the Offshore Security Coordination
Committee in Mumbai, Chairman and DG Coast Guard Vice Admiral
Anil Chopra asked security forces to "enhance the security of
offshore installations through effective surveillance,
stringent access control, surprise checks and dedicated
look-outs."

Chopra said a number of measures have been initiated by
both the Navy and Coast Guard for surveillance and security of
these installations through regular deployment of ships and
aircraft, a Coast Guard release said here.

Issues pertaining to piracy and terrorism, monsoon
preparedness, advanced security equipment for offshore
platforms, danger from unseaworthy ships and emergency towing
vessels were also discussed at the meeting, it said.

Formed by the Ministry of Petroleum, Chemicals and
Fertilisers in 1978, the Committee is entrusted with the task
of ensure smooth and effective functioning of offshore
security arrangements.

Its members are drawn from the Navy, Air Force, Coast
Guard and Intelligence Bureau along with the representatives
of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, who meet quarterly to
examine issues related to the safety and security of offshore
assets.

PTI

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