More security around offshore installations

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.

More security around offshore installations
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.

More security around offshore installations
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.