Mangaluru, Sep 18, 2019: Speaking at a state-level annual pollution response seminar-cum-workshop organised at the Coast Guard headquarters at Panambur on September 17, Tuesday, DK DC Sindhu B Rupesh has said that total monitoring and precautionary measures should be taken to prevent oil spill into the sea. Huge vessels with goods arrive at New Mangalore Port, she reminded and added there is a need for continuous monitoring to prevent oil spill disasters.
The DC said that the district administration, in association with various stakeholders, has effectively tackled flood and landslides following heavy rain recently. It will continuously initiate all precautionary measures to manage natural and man-made disaster at all times. Lauding the service of the Coast Guard in protecting the coast, DC said that the district administration will extend all help to the Coast Guard.
“There are incidents of boats and vessels capsizing in the sea due to many causes or due to natural calamity. Proper rules and regulations to effectively manage such incidents are vital,” DC said, adding, “Oil spill is a serious disaster. There are several legislations related to oil spill issues, yet there is lack of knowledge and implementation on it. In addition, due to lack of communication, several problems arise in case of emergency.”
Coast Guard Commander S S Dasila said, “The Coast Guard will be the nodal agency in case of an oil spilling incident. Such incidents are managed in three levels. The situation needs to be managed when oil spill could not be prevented. A high-level preparatory meeting needs to be convened. The seminar will discuss in depth on the issue.”
The commander said that the Dakshina Kannada district unit of the Coast Guard is functioning effectively.
“All the boats and Coast Guard vessels are in service condition. The Coast Guard is keeping a watch on the activities mid-sea. Colour coding for all the boats and traditional boats engaged in fishing is implemented in the district with the help of Fisheries department,” he added.