Marine Oil Spill Exercise concluded


KARACHI, Nov 16 (APP): Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security
Agency (PMSA) in coordination with all the stakeholders conducted a Marine Oil Spill Exercise BARRACUDA-VII from November 14 to 16.
The exercises were conducted on the directive of Admiral Muhammad
Zakaullah, Chief of the Naval Staff.
A Pakistan Marine Security Agency statement here on Wednesday
said that the exercise was aimed at rehearsing the oil spill control
procedures and contingency mechanism.
This Marine Oil Spill Exercise was conducted in two phases.
Exercise briefing was held on November 14 at headquarter of PMSA and
included opening brief, discussions and preparational checks for
practical exercise.
Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini along with
Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) attended the opening brief.
All stakeholders and their representatives participated in the
Subsequent to planning and training of all stakeholders, Phase-II was
conducted on Wednesday, encompassing practical oil containment exercise near Karachi anchorage area at sea.
Oil Spill equipment was practically deployed and response procedures
were rehearsed.
The simulated oil spill was recovered successfully. Assets of
Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and various stakeholders including Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority and BYCO participated in the sea exercise. Representatives of Joint Staff Headquarter, Naval Headquarters, National Disaster Management Authority, BEPA, NIO and DG Pakistan Coast Guard also attended the exercise.
Director General PMSA Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar witnessed the
exercise from a PMSA ship.
The DG PMSA briefed media on the objectives of exercise and
capabilities possessed by various departments relating to Oil Spill
incident response.
He also mentioned that Pakistan Navy and PMSA have requisite
wherewithal to ensure security in all Maritime Zones of Pakistan
including Gwadar.
He also said that capabilities held by PN, PMSA and other stake
holders like port authorities and oil marketing companies can be effectively utilised at any location along Pakistan Coast including Gwadar, in case of any oil spill incident.
Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar also briefed media on issues of illegal
activities at sea and actions being taken by PMSA, to curb the same.
PMSA efforts for eradicating smuggling of contraband items,
registration of fishing boats at Balochistan and Sindh Coastal areas,
creating awareness about Marine Pollution and control of illegal
fishing were also highlighted on this occasion.