The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) today sent off Ilocos Norte-class search and rescue vessel BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502) and San Juan-class search and rescue vessel BRP Pampanga (SARV-003) for the biennial Marine Pollution Exercise (MARPOLEX) with Indonesia and Japan to be held in Bali, Indonesia from May 15 to 18.
Approximately 200 Coast Guard personnel from Marine Environmental Protection Command are aboard the said vessels.
The Coast Guard said Parola-class multi-role response vessel BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401), and tug boat TB Habagat (TB-271) will also participate in the said exercise.
Planning and Signing Conference for this year’s MARPOLEX was conducted at Princesa Garden Island Resort, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan September 2016.
MARPOLEX aims to enhance the inter-operability of the PCG, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Sea Transport (DGST), and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) as well as to ensure the level of preparedness of each country’s assets and capabilities in combating oil pollution at sea as well as the introduction of new techniques, strategy and effective assessment in oil spill response operation in integrated Oil Spill Response.
“The conduct of this biennial exercise is a commitment of the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan in the implementation of the ASEAN Oil Spill Response Action Plan and the Sulawesi Oil Spill Network Response Plan,” the Coast Guard said.
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