SAMUDRA PRAHARI (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci & Tech/Disaster Management)

News-CRUX-10     19th September 2023        

Context: The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Prahari is presently deployed on an overseas mission encompassing ASEAN nations.

Samudra Prahari

  • About: It's an Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) specifically designed for pollution control. It stands as Southeast Asia's inaugural pollution control vessel.
  • Features 

o It is equipped with the most advanced pollution Response and Control equipment for mitigating oil spills in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

o The ship incorporates tanks and inflatable barges for oil spill storage.

o Storage Capacity: 500 KL, the vessel enables unhindered oil recovery operations.

o It is engineered to accommodate a twin-engine Advanced Light Helicopter and Chetak helicopter operations and embarkation.

o Noteworthy attributes include an integrated platform management system, power management system, a high-power external firefighting system, and an indigenous gun mount with a firefighting system.

o The ship boasts unmanned machinery operation capabilities.


  • Established: 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Founding Members: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • ASEAN Members: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • India is not a member of ASEAN