Indian Marine Police: News, Images & Discussion

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    aditya g Regular Member

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    I am proposing this thread dedicated to Marine or Coastal Police forces - perhaps the most ignored yet crucial component of the police forces.
     
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    While there is always clamour for buying new hardware, do we have the discipline to maintain them?

    Coastal cops want ‘useless’ patrol vehicles scrapped

    • Rahul Mahajani, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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    A source said these boats, manufactured locally, can reach speeds of around 40 knots in water and around 10 km/hour on land. (File photo)

    Coastal security seems to be a priority for the state police only on paper. Sixteen of 20 Sealegs Amphibious Marine Craft that the Mumbai police bought after the 2008 terror attack are in bad shape, having been fitted with carburetors from Maruti Gypsies and spark plugs from Ambassadors to keep them running. Every time these boats enter the water, there is a danger of them tipping over, said a police source.

    According a senior IPS official, who did not wish to be quoted, the vehicles were inducted into the force in 2009 for better coastal patrolling and stationed at Girgaum, Dadar, Juhu and Versova beaches. They cost Rs 20 lakh each and can accommodate four armed personnel.

    A source said these boats, manufactured locally, can reach speeds of around 40 knots in water and around 10 km/hour on land.



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    But within a year of their purchase, the police stopped using them to patrol the coast after finding that they were inconvenient to operate and could not be used in rough weather.

    According to police officials, these boats were designed to operate in shallow waters in and around harbours.

    “The annual maintenance contract for these boats is up and the ministry of home affairs is conducting a survey of all coastal security. We have informed senior officials that the boats are not of much use,” said a Mumbai police official, who did not wish to be named. He added that senior officials of the state government will decide whether the amphibious boats will remain in service or be retired.

    An port zone official said most of them were in favour of retiring the boats.
     
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    aditya g Regular Member

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    ^ In the armed forces, every single individual is proud of his equipment and they take great care in ensuring all hardware is clean, maintained and accounted for. Unfortunately in civvie areas like Police forces that attitude is missing.

    Post 26/11 India spent a great fortune equipping the state forces with infrastructure and boats, plus allowances for sea going. This state of affairs is disheartening. I wonder whether we purchased AMCs along with the boats to ensure their fault free running.

    I think we need to evolve a model where the boats and other hardware are operated and maintained by disciplined forces such as ICG or BSF, but under command with Customs or local police as necessary.
     
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    Snags hit 3 of 4 Sealegs, render them out of action
    Sagnik Chowdhury
    Posted online: Mon Jan 23 2012, 04:09 hrs

    Mumbai : Three of the four amphibious patrol boats, Sealegs, procured by the Mumbai police during the capacity building exercise post-26/11, are defunct. Aimed at enhancing security of the city’s coastline, the Sealegs had been procured at a cost of 1.6 crore from a New Zealand company and paraded at Girgaum Chowpatty during the first anniversary of the attacks.

    Two of them have not been used for well over a year owing to serious mechanical faults and another has been out of action after it developed problems a few months ago, Newsline has learnt. The lone functional boat has barely clocked any sea hours, sources said.

    To make matters worse, with the manufacturer’s warranty expiring in 2010-end, the three Sealegs are likely to gather rust, as the Mumbai Police is not equipped to carry out serious repairs on them.

    Sources revealed that the Mumbai Police’s Motor Transport (MT) department had recently given up trying to put the Sealegs back in action and suggested that a team be sent to New Zealand for training, so that repairs can be carried out. The proposal was reportedly shot down by the police brass.

    Deputy Commissioner of Police (Motor Transport), K Y Joshi, confirmed, “Three Sealegs have been damaged. Two of them have not been used for over a year now. The inward and outward engines are damaged and a tyre is burst in one of the vessels. The other has engine and suspension problems. The third boat developed gearbox problems and has been out of service.”

    Surprisingly, the Mumbai Police did not procure any spare tyres for the craft at the time of procurement.

    “In case of the boat that was recently damaged, we are still attempting to repair its gearshaft in our workshop. However, the other two Sealegs need major repairs that cannot be done by us. Imported parts are required and we do not have necessary technical training to carry out such repairs,” Joshi admitted.

    When contacted, Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said, “There are serious problems with the Sealegs due to which they have not been used. There was a proposal from the MT department for a trip to New Zealand for training a team in repairs. However, other alternatives will be examined.”

    In August 2009, the Mumbai Police had placed orders for Sealegs. The craft were commissioned by the police on November 6, 2009.

    “The annual maintenance contract (AMC) for the Sealegs was only for a year. :crazy:Now there are plans in pipeline to recruit a Mumbai-based company, Ocean Blue, for maintenance of the Sealegs. Now on, an AMC of three years will be drawn up,” said Joshi.

    While the sanctioned strength of the MT department is 802 technicians, 348 posts are vacant. Similarly, of the sanctioned 2,787 trained drivers sanctioned, 701 are vacant as there has been no recruitment for four years now.

    “Shortage of technicians is a huge problem and hampers repair work on vehicles. In case of drivers, a dedicated police driver has been trained in preventive maintenance, but not an ordinary constable. Shortage of trained police drivers adds to the problem,” said Joshi.

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    Criminal waste of tax payer money. Unfortunately our organisations do not have fleibility and cooperation, else I would have handed these over to ICG, BSF or even Navy to make better use of them. These craft in the right hands can make a major difference to the local security

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    Mumbai Police have acquired four Sealegs amphibious marine crafts to patrol Mumbai waters. Police commissioner, D Shivanandan, inaugurated the boats at Girgaon Chowpatty
     
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    Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group.

    2 types of interceptors:

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    Quad Bikes for patrolling on beach:

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