Patrol Boat Launched to Guard SPM Terminal

Published: 26th November 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-


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.

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