Goa: The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, marked a significant milestone in India’s maritime safety preparedness by inaugurating the state-of-the-art Integrated Sea Survival Training Centre at ONGC Institute in Goa. The ceremony, attended by key dignitaries including the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Pramod Sawant, and the Union Minister for Petroleum, Oil and Natural Gas, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, showcased India’s commitment to elevating its sea survival training capabilities to global standards.
The ONGC Sea Survival Centre represents a pioneering effort to enhance India’s maritime safety infrastructure. Equipped with cutting-edge facilities and technologies, the center is poised to train 10,000-15,000 personnel annually, thus significantly bolstering the nation’s capacity to respond effectively to maritime emergencies. Exercises in simulated and controlled harsh weather conditions enhance the Sea Survival skills of trainees and thus potentially increase the chances of safe escape from real-life disasters.
During the inauguration event, Prime Minister Modi observed a demonstration of underwater escape exercises and received a comprehensive briefing on the center’s capabilities. He emphasized on the critical role of rigorous training in ensuring the safety of maritime personnel and hailed the center as a watershed moment for India’s maritime safety initiatives.
In a statement shared on social media platform X, Prime Minister Modi expressed his delight in dedicating the Sea Survival Centre to the nation. He said “Delighted to dedicate to the nation the Sea Survival Centre of ONGC in Goa. This state-of-the-art Centre is a watershed moment for India in making a mark in the sea survival training ecosystem. Offering rigorous and intense emergency response training, it will ensure many lives are saved in a timely manner.”
The inauguration ceremony underscored the collaborative efforts of the Government of India, ONGC, and other stakeholders in advancing the nation’s maritime safety preparedness. With its state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive training programs, the ONGC Sea Survival Centre is poised to play a pivotal role in safeguarding India’s maritime interests and ensuring the safety of personnel operating in challenging offshore environments.
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