Deendayal and Mundra Ports steps up security measures on terror watch along Gujarat coast

P Manoj Mumbai | Updated on August 29, 2019

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Indian Coast Guard said that Pakistan-trained commandos are likely to infiltrate into Indian territory through the Kutch are

Deendayal Port Trust in Kandla and Mundra Port, located in the Gulf of Kutch, have beefed up security measures in the wake of warnings by intelligence agencies of potential terror attacks along the Gujarat coast.

Deendayal Port Trust has two satellite facilities — an offshore oil terminal at Vadinar and a dry port at Tuna.

“All shipping agents are directed to inform their vessels at Kandla Outer Anchorage, berths and expected vessels, to alert and maintain terror watch. Any suspicious activity is to be immediately reported to nearest Coast Guard station,” Deendayal Port Trust wrote in an advisory to trade.

Mundra port on high alert

Mundra Port, the country’s largest private commercial port in Gujarat’s Kutch district, has stepped up security measures on the shore side after information from the Coast Guard suggested that “Pakistan-trained commandos are likely to infiltrate into Indian territory through the Kutch area via the sea route to create communal disturbance or terrorist attack in Gujarat”.

In an advisory, Mundra asked all stakeholders “to institute preventive measures to mitigate hostile attacks and assume highest state of readiness and be vigilant towards any attempts to breach our coastal security. Any suspicious activities by individuals/vessels/crafts/boats approaching towards the coast are to be tracked and information to be disseminated to all concerned,” Anubhav Jain, Head, Marine Services, Mundra Port, wrote in the advisory.

“All shipping agents and stake holders are directed to inform their vessels accordingly and report any suspicious activity to marine control station and port operation centre immediately,” Jain advised.

Level 1 security

Mundra Port is an International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) compliant port with Level 1 security.

ISPS is a comprehensive set of measures framed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the US.

Published on August 29, 2019

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