A Bangladesh Coast Guard delegation led by Captain Mohammed Ali Chowdhury, Zonal Commander, West Zone, Bangladesh Coast Guard visited the Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters, Kolkata for a Regional Commander level meeting. Senior Bangladesh Coast Guard officers from different fields also accompanied the delegation.
The Zonal Commander interacted with Inspector General Kuldip Singh Sheoran, Commander Coast Guard Region (North East) and his staff. A staff-level meeting between both Coast Guards was held on August 28, 2017 and discussions on various common maritime issues were held, like sensitisation of fishermen on cross border fishing, bilateral table top exercise on maritime issues, real time information sharing, capacity building of Bangladesh Coast Guard through training and expertise sharing on maritime issues etc. Both the sides expressed their desire to cooperate with each other in order to jointly tackle the maritime challenges across the mutually shared International Maritime Boundary Line. The delegation was given a balance understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Coast Guard Region (North East) in general and search & rescue of fishermen at sea in particular. The delegation was provided with an overview on the measures taken to provide maritime safety and security in the states of West Bengal and Odisha.
The delegation also visited Haldia and was briefed on functioning of coastal surveillance network set up by Indian Coast Guard all along Indian coast of main land and island territories. Later the delegation visited Indian Coast Guard hovercraft port on August 29, 2017 and witness operations of hovercraft. The Bangladeshi delegation has intimated that their country is planning to procure hovercrafts and requested Indian Coast Guard assistance for maintaining those hovercrafts.