Chennai: 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013) 2 of 3

by OldSailor on October 6, 2013

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3rd “International Search and Rescue” Conference (ISAR 2013) with the theme “Interoperability, the key to Survival” commenced at Hotel Hilton, Chennai on 3rd October 2013. Here is the Day 2 proceedings.

Day 2 – 4th October 2013:

  • Plenary Session IV: Aviation SAR by Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi.
  • Plenary Session V: International Collaboration in SAR.
  • Plenary Session VI: Country wise SAR Experience.
  • Plenary Session VII: Colloquium (modified).
  • Valedictory Session.

Valedictory Address was given by Dr K Rosaiah, His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Before the commencement of the Session, Maj Dr Teofredo ’TED’ T Esguerra, Philippines (Speaker of Plenary Session VI) handed over a memento to Admiral (Retd) Sureesh Mehta, Chairman, NMF, New Delhi.

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Plenary Session IV: Aviation SAR by Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi

Topics discussed and the Chairman, Speakers are:

  • SAR Training essential for effective interoperability: by Prof Dinesh Kumar, Director, Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi, Chairman & Speaker.
  • SAR set up in Chennai FIR: by Shri K V Murali, General Manager (ATM).
  • SAR set up in Delhi FIR: by Shri Davinder Arora, Joint General Manager (ATM – SAR).
  • SAR System in India: by Shri S K Oberoi, General Manager (ATM – SAR), CHQ, AAI, Delhi.

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  • With the revision of the SAR Convention, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have jointly developed the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual.
  • IAMSAR Manual is available in three volumes covering Organization and Management; Mission Co-ordination; and Mobile Facilities.
  • SAR Training is provided by Civil Aviation Training College (CATC) – Allahabad.
  • As the global aviation fleet is expanding, shortage of Aviation Personnel & SAR is expected.
  • Indian Airspace:
    • Strategically located.
    • Vital link between: East-South East Asia- Europe & beyond.
    • Total airspace: 2.78 million sq.nm (Oceanic is 1.74 million sq.nm and Continental is 1.04 sq.nm).
    • Flight Information Region (FIR): at Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai.
    • 12 neighboring States.Chennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.3
    • More than 200 Air Routes.
  • Aviation SAR involves
    • Search for missing aircraft.
    • Rescue of Survivors.
    • Provision/Facilitation of
      • Mobilization of SAR Resources.
      • Assistance to the Victims.
      • Emergency Medical Help.
      • Security at the Site.Chennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.4
      • Assistance to the relatives.
      • Transportation.
  • Stages of SAR Operations
    • Awareness Stage.
    • Initial Action Stage: Has three Emergency Phases
      • Uncertainty Phase.
      • Alert Phase.
      • Distress Phase.
    • Planning Stage.
    • Operations Stage.
    • Conclusion Stage.
  • Major Stakeholders in SAR with AAI.
    • Indian Coast Guard (NMSARCA).
    • Armed Forces.Chennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.5
    • Railways/P&T.
    • ISRO.
    • INMCC.
    • State Administration.
    • Medical/Paramedical Services.
  • Areas that need attention in SAR
    • Scope for improving Indian SAR capabilities, coordination, collaboration amongst various stake holders for harmonized response.
    • A well developed SAR Capabilities of the first responders could drastically reduce the magnitude of disasters.
    • Augmenting individual SAR capabilities of the organizations, pooling & complimenting SAR resources, ensuring interoperability.
    • As disasters have no geographical boundaries, it is necessary to develop close cooperation, coordination in local/national/regional/global level in all spheres of disaster management.

Plenary Session V: International Collaboration in SAR

Topics discussed and the Chairman, Speakers are:

  • Shri Nirankar Saxena, Senior Director, FICCI: Chairman.
  • Search & Rescue (DM) Scenario in SAARC Counties: by Prof Santosh Kumar, Director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre, New Delhi.
  • Role of Private Sector in SAR and International Collaboration in support of Policy Change:
    • by Soumitro Sen, Director of New Business.
    • by Rohan Oberoi, CEO, Global Rescue India.
  • FICCI’s Initiatives in Disaster Management: by Surender K Verma.

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Session Highlights

  • Disasters can not be handled by government agencies alone and Private Sector has a major role to play in SAR operations.
  • SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC)
    • Functions at the premises of National Institute of Disaster Management in New Delhi since October 2006.
    • The Centre provides policy advice and facilitates capacity building services including strategic learning, research, training, system development and exchange of information for effective disaster risk reduction and management in South Asia to eight Member Countries of South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
    • More details are available in SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC) website.
  • Global Rescue India is planning to provide their services in
    • Safety & Emergency Response.
    • Aviation SAR.
    • Coast Guard & Maritime Security.
    • Internal Security.
    • Critical Infrastructure Security.
    • Civil Defence.
    • More details are available in GlobalRescue website.
  • FICCI’s Initiatives in Disaster Management.
    • FICCI has strategic partnership with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Petroleum & Natural Gas regulatory Board (PNGRB), State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs), State Labour Commissioners & Director of Factories & Boilers, State Disaster Management Authorities, District Disaster Management Authorities, State Industrial Development Corporations.
    • Mandate
      • Sensitizing Indian Industry specially Major Accident Hazard Units, Fire & Accident Prone Industry towards Prevention & Management of Chemical Accidents, Disaster Risk Reduction, Industrial Safety and Emergency Planning – both onsite, offsite.
      • Capacity Development of Industry through Mock Drill Exercises & Training.
      • Identifying Innovative Technology Solutions and Instrumentation for these Industries to reduce Risks and Man-made disasters.
      • Information Dissemination & Knowledge Management by organizing Awareness Programmes in various Industrial Hubs and through website.

Plenary Session VI: Country wise SAR Experience

Topics discussed and the Chairman, Speakers are:

  • Rear Admiral Dato’ Gunaselan Salamuthu (Retd)
  • Maritime Search and Rescue – Challenges & Opportunities for Improvement: by First Admiral Dato’ Subramaniam Raman (Retd), Malaysia.
  • Climate Change – Challenge to the SAR Teams of Philippines: by Maj Dr Teofredo ’TED’ T Esguerra, Philippines.

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Maritime Search and Rescue – Challenges & Opportunities for Improvement in Malaysia

  • Malaysia has a similar SAR Organization like India.
  • Inter-operability Initiatives
    • 5 x Regional MRSC SAREX Conducted Annually.
    • 1 x National Annual SAREX Conducted Involving All Agencies. Chennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.8
    • Regional SOP Developed – Reviewed after MRSC SAREX.
    • National Level SOP Being Developed.
    • Air SAREX Conducted by DCA – MRCC Act As Observers.
    • Maritime SAREX Conducted by MRCC – DCA Act As Observers.
    • National Security Council Directives.
    • Contingency Plans.
    • IAMSAR Manuals: Vol 1 to 3.
    • Bilateral SOPs.
    • GMDSS Alert.
    • Vessel & Boat Incidents.
    • Man Overboard & Recreational Incidents.
    • Medical Assistance.
    • Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC/CASEVAC).
    • Malaysian Emergency Response service 999 (MERS 999).
  • ASEAN Framework
    • Bilateral Arrangements
      • Malaysia & Indonesia – SAREX MALINDO.
      • Included in Regional Border Committee Working Groups.
    • ASEAN Levels
      • Transnational Crime Working Group.
      • Maritime Transport Working Group.
      • ASEAN Senior Officers’ Meeting.
      • Plans for ASEAN SAR Table Top Exercise.
  • M-SAR Challenges
    • Agency/Departmental Cultures.
      • Leadership Tussles – Desire to Champion.
      • Fear of Failure.
    • Coordination
      • Mission Planning.
      • Resource Allocation.
    • Communication
      • Procedural SOP.
      • Hardware Compatibility.
    • Navigational Limitations
      • Coastal Waters.
      • Night Vision Capabilities.
    • Disputed Waters
      • Unresolved Issues.
      • Command & Control.
    • Compliance to International Conventions
      • Non – Compulsion.
      • Maritime Terrorism.
  • Opportunities for Improvement
    • Performance Measurement – Performance KPIs (Lead)
      • Reduction in False Alarm.
      • Cost Per Alarm.
      • Time Taken To Respond to False Alarm.
      • Number of Trained Personnel.
      • Performance of Exercises – Rating system.
      • Cost Effectiveness.
      • Compliance to Regulations & Standards.
      • Reduction of Distress.
    • Performance Measurement – Responses KPIs (Lag)Chennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.9
      • Response Time.
      • Casualty Reduction.
      • Cost Measures.
      • Resource Availability.
    • Resource Management
      • National Directive for SAR Related Procurement.
      • Optimization of SAR Resources.
    • Volunteerism Awareness
      • Coastal Stakeholder/NGO Participation.
      • Maritime Actors – Water Sports Operators/Island Resorts SAR Awareness.
    • Development of Training Matrix
      • Identification of Training Needs for SAR Agencies.
      • Development of Training Plan.
      • Development of SAR Training Centre of Excellence.
    • Compliance to international Safety Management Code (ISM Code)
      • For Safe Management/Operations/Prevention of Pollution.
      • Seafarers to Adopt/Comply ISM Code.
      • Maritime Authority to Enforce ISM Code.
    • Use of Technology
      • Inter-Operability.
      • NASA – Distress Alerting Satellite System (DASS) 2010 – 2015.
      • I-Phone Apps
        • Location
        • Scenario

Climate Change – Challenge to the SAR Teams of Philippines

  • Philippines ranks 3rd on the list of most vulnerable countries to climate change and is disaster-prone.
  • Disaster statistics of Philippines (Year 1980 – 2010)Chennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.10
    • Number of events: 363
    • Number of people killed: 32,956.
    • Average killed per year: 1,063.
    • Number of people affected: 116,212,416.
    • Average affected per year: 3,748,788.
    • Economic damage (US$ x 1,000); 7,417,145.
    • Economic damage per year (US$ x 1,000): 239,263.
  • Philippines faces both man-made/natural disasters like
    • Fire.
    • Typhoons.
    • Floods.
    • Landslides.
    • Civil disturbances.
    • HAZMAT (disaster due to hazardous material).
    • Outbreaks.
    • Earthquakes.
    • Tsunami.
    • Volcano eruptions.
  • Philippines remains on alert 24 x 7 for SAR operations likeChennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.11
    • Rope rescue.
    • HAR OPNS.
    • Helicopter rescue.
    • CSER.
    • Collapsed structure.
    • Trench rescue.
    • Mine pit operations.
    • CAR/CABOOSE recue.
    • Extrication.
    • Swift/Flood Water.
    • Silo rescue.
    • WISAR/USAR.
    • WASAR.
    • Underwater rescue.
    • MOSAR.
    • Cave rescue.
    • Specialized rescue like HAZMAT, Tactical Operations, CBRNE.
  • Maj Dr Teofredo ’TED’ T Esguerra’s SAR Operations can be viewed in YouTube.

Plenary Session VII: Colloquium (modified)

Panelists

  • Air Vice Marshai (Retd) Shahul Hamid.
  • Commodore (Retd) S Shekhar.
  • Mr Rohan Oberoi.
  • Capt Vivekanand.

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Issues brought out by the participants.

  • International Search And Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) can also be included in future ISAR Conference. Chennai 3rd International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2013)_2.13
  • Railways: In India railways is the major transportation network; railways also can be included in future India based ISAR Conferences.
  • Ham Operators: During the disaster most of the electronic communication networks fail; Ham Radio Operators can be included in SAR Resources.
  • Combat SAR: SAR during combat operations can also be included in ISAR Conference.
  • Man – made disasters to claim insurance benefits need to be included in ISAR Conference.
  • Ships rescuing illegal migrants at sea are not permitted by the nearest countries to disembark the rescued migrants; this needs to be addressed through ISAR Conference.
  • Indian Fishing Community needs an exclusive SAR/Rehabilitation framework.
  • Common communication frequency/channel is needed for SAR Agencies.
  • BSF Institute of Disaster Response (BIDR) can be included in ISAR Conference.

Valedictory Session

Dr K Rosaiah, His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu graced this Valedictory Session.

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Overview of ISAR 2013 was given by Vice Admiral (Retd) Pradeep Kaushiva, Director NMF, New Delhi.

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Concluding Remarks was given by Mr P Murari IAS (Retd), Advisor to FICCI President & former Secretary to President of India.

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During this session, a book “search and Rescue at Sea in the Mercantile Marine” published by Vel’s University, Academic Partner, ISAR 2013 was released by the Governor.

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  • Dr K Rosaiah, His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu gave the Valedictory Address.

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Commodore (Retd) S Shekhar, Convenor – Maritime Strategies Panel, FICCI, TNSC; Regional Director, NMF, Chennai Chapter announced that the next ISAR 2014 Conference would be hosted by Global SAR Resources Sdn. Bhd. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Major Murali Bhaskaran RMAF (Retd), Founder & CEO, Global SAR Resources Sdn. Bhd. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was honored during this Session and he was handed over ISAR 2014 Banner and Baton.

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Thereafter Day 2 ISAR Conference concluded.

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Dr TS Sridhar, IAS October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

An excellent compilation. Very handy and instructive. My compliments.

DR TED ESGUERRA June 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Namaste!

It was indeed a great opportunity to interact with experts from India and from other countries like Malaysia.

In these troubled times of what we call NEW NORMAL vis-a-vis effects of climate change, we must COLLABORATE in order for us to be more resilient as we are more aware and ready. We have to join hands together teaching and training our communities on disaster preparedness and response.

As we say it in the Philippines: MABUHAY ISAR! (Long Live ISAR).

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