| Danial Norjidi |
BRUNEI Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) is collaborating with the Shell Trading and Shipping Company (STASCo), Brunei Shell Petroleum Emergency Response Team and government agencies in carrying out the second part of an emergency exercise that took place yesterday.
The tabletop and live exercises which took place at sea on November 19 and 24 saw two command centres being used in the operation. One was based at The Empire Hotel & Country Club and the other at Tarindak d’Polo.
The emergency exercise is the first to be coordinated by BGC pertaining to a LNG vessel and involving several government agencies.
As explained yesterday at Tarindak d’Polo by the Exercise Director, Hj Mohd Yusof bin Hj Mohd Taufik, the exercise’s primary objectives were to test the emergency preparedness and communication plan of the parties involved; to provide an opportunity for government agencies to test out standard operating procedures on the LNG vessel; and to test the intercommunication of the BGC incident management team and unified management team.
Managing Director of BGC, Haji Shahbudin bin Haji Musa, said, “It is part of our plan to make sure that BGC is fully committed and prepared for emergency situations. As a company that is beginning to expand, we are in the process of building all the necessary systems and capabilities to fully operate and manage our new vessel.”
“At the moment the management of the vessel is contracted to STATSCo. For BGC, this is part of the plan to build capabilities. Because of the situation we are in, with a new vessel and the development of systems as mentioned earlier, we need to also fulfil the right training experience.
“Secondly, is to test the communications as part of emergency response, as well as the networks of the various parties involved. Building the communication protocol and links, and establishing a network is something that is critical to emergency response.
“Third is to provide the relevant parties with more access, which would be limited if the vessel was in operation with LNG.”
He explained that the aim is to determine what gaps may exist in current procedures as well what gaps exist in their networks with the agencies involved.
BGC believes that the exercise provided an excellent learning opportunity for all parties involved, in terms of tactical strategy, process, roles and responsibilities, management, communication and coordination.