National Defence Bureau,
Mumbai, 30 April 2019
Offshore Security exercise, code-named ‘Prasthan’ was conducted in the Offshore Development Area (ODA) off Mumbai on 30 April 2019, under the aegis of Headquarters Western Naval Command. This exercise, which is conducted every six months, aims to integrate all maritime stakeholders including the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Coast Guard, ONGC, Port Trust, Customs, State fisheries department and Marine Police towards refining SOPs for response to various contingencies that could occur in the ODAs.
The exercise was conducted on Heera platform of ONGC, located about 36 nm west of Mumbai. Contingencies such as terrorist intrusion, bomb explosion, major fire, oil spill, manoverboard, casualty evacuation, cyclone warning, mass evacuation and abandon ship were exercised. The exercise provided a realistic scenario for all stakeholders to assess readiness to respond to and combat contingencies in the Western ODA, as also to operate together in a coordinated manner.