Indian Coast Guard conducted a bilateral table top exercise on maritime pollution response with Bangladesh Coast Guard at the Regional Headquarters (North East)of the Indian Coast Guard. Bangladesh Coast Guard delegation led by Captain M Ehsanullah Khan, Commanding officer, BCGS Mansoor Ali, called on Inspector General Kuldip Singh Sheoran, Commander Coast Guard Region (NE) .
The two-day exercise was conducted in the backdrop of the MoU between India and SACEP (South Asian Cooperation for Environment Protection) approved by the Union Cabinet this year in the month of May. During the exercise a scenario was developed wherein one Bangladesh flag oil tanker collided with an Indian flag vessel resulting into developing a hole in the vessel which led to discharge of huge heavy fuel oil into sea. Officials of both the neighbouring countries participated in brainstorming for formulating actions to prevent the oil reaching shore so that sensitive bio-reserve of Sundarbans could be saved.
In addition to the exercise both the sides discussed various common maritime issues and capacity building of Bangladesh Coast Guard through training and expertise sharing on maritime issues. Both the sides have expressed their desire to cooperate with each other in order to jointly tackle the maritime challenges across the mutually shared international maritime boundary line.