The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has certified Byco’s oil spill response (OSR) team for achieving Level II and III professional training and certification, a statement said on Monday.
Byco is the only Pakistani oil company having a dedicated oil spill response team capable of managing oil spills, whose members are IMO certified, it added. Azfar Saeed Baig, vice president of Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited, recognising the achievement, said: “This achievement reflects Byco’s commitment to safety, strengthens our position as Pakistan’s only oil refinery that is fully equipped to effectively handle oil spills. We aim to create a Centre of Excellence for professional training and development among our workforce.”
Innovation is part of Byco’s DNA, being the nation’s only firm establishing its own dedicated Single Point Mooring (SPM), a floating liquid port 15km in the deep sea off the coast of Balochistan. The SPM has been operating safely since 2012, having imported almost 15 million tonnes of crude oil to-date without any oil spill incident.