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Training in Sea Safety Development Programmes, India. Terminal statement

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    Training in Sea Safety Development
    Training in Sea Safety Development Programmes, India, IND/6712
    1998
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    The Consultant travelled to New Delhi, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam for discussions with fishermen, fishing boat owners, boatbuilders, staff from the Kakinada Port Office, Marine Department in Visakhapatnam, Fisheries Department, Fisheries Training Institute (CFTI) and F AO, on questions of fishing vessel safety. During the cyclone in November 1996, 110 trawlers and 569 crew members were lost. Only the 10-12 m multi-day trawlers were caught at sea in the cyclone since the smaller boats were not ou t fishing due to bad weather. It was noted that the safety equipment required in the "Merchant Shipping Act" is not carried when the boats go fishing. Concrete steps are recommended to improve the safety of the fishing vessels, including lashing down of hatch covers and providing larger scuppers in the bulwark, together with better training of the crew in dealing with heavy weather. The lifejackets supplied in India with cotton cover and kapok floatation are outdated. None of the crew on the fis hing boats or the instructors of the CFTI knew how to tie on the life jackets properly. The Syllabus of the CFTI puts too little emphasis on training for heavy weather boat handling and safety drills. Two training courses aimed at different levels of participants were held in Kakinada. A prototype of a rigid lifefloat for 8-10 men was made in a FRP boatbuilding yard in kakinada and demonstrated in the fishing harbour. The life float is designed to be carried on top of the wheelhouse and will inc rease the chances of survival of the crew and the probability of being seen by search boats and aeroplanes. The scantlings of the wooden trawlers built in Kakinada are considerably below what , is considered to be the minimum in other countries. This increases the possibility of Youndering in heavy weather due to leaks, especially on older boats. Poor workmanship and scantlings were also seen in FRP boats. Many of the FRP boats have no, or inadequate, buoyancy compartments to keep the boats aflo at if a sudden leak occurs. A tender specification was prepared for the supply of 12 diesel engines by the project for installation in Navas.
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    Baseline study for Training in Sea Safety Development Programme in East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India, November, 1997 - January, 1998
    Training in Sea Safety Development Programmes, India, IND/6712
    1999
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    Andhra Pradesh in India assumes an unfortunate distinction of facing maximum number of devastating cyclones among the states bordering Bay of Bengal. The delta areas of Krishna and Godavari had been more prone to it. The 1977 Diviseema cyclone was the most catastrophic in the recent history. The Cyclone of 6th November 1996 in East Godavari district was equally destructive. Total deaths and missing cases together were 2760 of which fisherfolk were 1435 apart from huge property loss. Though the c yclone prediction system could locate the cyclone, its actual path and intensity and the areas it would strike are probably not so predictable. Adding to that the cyclone warning dissemination system had many limitations by which the villagers or the fisherfolk in fishing areas did not get the messages in advance. FAO, Govt. of India and the Dept. of Fisheries, Andhra Pradesh Government, have proposed a pilot project to provide direct radio communication to the villages and fishermen at sea and to initiate appropriate sea safety measures and to study their effectiveness. Bhairavapalem & Balusutippa, the two worst affected villages during November, 1996 cyclone are hence proposed as pilot villages. Action for Food Production (AFPRO) took up the baseline study for F AO in this regard. The study aims_ at giving the basic details of the two pilot villages as well as the general account of the villages affected by November, 1996 cyclone, analysing the Cyclone Warning Dissemination System an d to make suggestions for improvement.
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    Training in Sea Safety Development Programmes. (5th mission : 24 February- 24 March 1999)
    Training in Sea Safety Development Programmes, India, IND/6712
    1999
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    The Team Leader's fifth mission was made from 24 February to 24 March 1999. The project is due to complete by 30 April 1999. All activities are reasonably well on schedule to achieve this target. During this mission outstanding activities were reviewed with project partners, continuity and dissemination of the work by the partners after withdrawal of F AO were discussed, a video on community disaster preparedness was made and the often scheduled workshop on Measures to Reduce Loss of Life During Cyclones was held with considerable success in Visagkapatnam from 4-6 March.

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