KOCHI: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said that the surveillance of the Single Point Mooring (SPM) terminal at the Arabian Sea, using the high-speed patrol boat, would reinforce the security of the installation that is vital to the State’s economy. He was speaking after inaugurating the high-speed patrol boat for the surveillance of the SPM terminal of the BPCL, at the Willington Island Tourist Jetty on Tuesday.
The BPCL has deployed the speed boat with a contingent of CISF Quick Reaction Team (QRT), as part of enhancing the security of the SPM terminal. Hibi Eden MLA; S Sarma MLA; Paul Antony, chairman of Cochin Port Trust; B S Mohammed Yasin, ADGP; K G James, District Police Chief; Prasad K Panicker, executive director, BPCL; T K S Chandran, DIG, Coast Guard; Captain Simon Mathai, Naval Officer In-Charge (Kerala), Indian Navy; Bose Joseph, chief manager, IOCL; T N Neelakantan, vice-president, Petronet LNG Ltd; and C K Soman, general manager (operations), BPCL, were present. The Single Point Mooring (SPM) terminal has been set up in the Arabian sea - 19.5 Km off-shore - for receiving crude oil from very large crude carriers through sub-sea pipelines into storage tanks located at the Shore Tank Farm (STF) at Puthuvypeen.