Byco Petroleum Pakistan Ltd., Pakistan’s leading oil company, recently conducted its quarterly oil spill response (OSR) exercise off the coast of Karachi Harbour. Byco’s OSR team coordinated its exercise in coordination with the Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). Captain Imran Rashid Khan, Director of Joint Maritime Information Coordination Centre (JMICC) represented Pakistan Navy, while Lt. Cdr. Shah Faisal represented PMSA.
Byco conducts OSR exercises every quarter to be fully prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. Subsequent to the oil spill caused by MV Tasman Spirit, Pakistan felt an urgent need for a joint response effort to prevent similar disasters from ever taking place again. Byco is Pakistan’s only oil company with Tier 1 oil spill response capability. The exercise was a great success. Byco’s performance was praised by Pakistan Navy and PMSA, who applauded Byco’s proactive role and active OSR Exercise.
Mr. Azfar Saeed Baig, Vice President, Byco Petroleum, commented , “Byco regularly conducts safety trainings and exercises for its employees, to ensure they are aware of their roles and responsibilities and are prepared in case of any mitigating circumstances. Safety is a core value at Byco and will always be Byco’s top priority.”
Byco participates in Pakistan’s largest Oil Spill simulation exercise in conjunction with the Pakistan Navy, entitled Barracuda. Byco is the only company in Pakistan to have put in place Tier 3 oil spill response capability, a unique international standard. The OSR Exercise was conducted by Byco’s Head of SPM Operations, Captain Farhan Jabbar, and its Head of OSR, Commander (Rtd) Kaleem Ishaque, supported by Shakil Abid, the on-scene commander.