Prioritising safety at Brunei offshore waters

Lyna Mohamad

The need to jointly ensure the safety and security in Brunei offshore waters was highlighted by Head of Corporate Communications and CSR for Total Brunei Muhammad Rasimoon bin Haji Adinin at Total’s community and stakeholder engagement with Muara community at the Cruise Ship Centre recently.

The annual event aimed at providing updates also promoted a discussion with the community and stakeholders. Total also shared its upcoming projects and campaigns that will benefit community in Muara especially fishermen who go offshore for recreational or commercial purposes.

He also reminded the community on the 500-metre restricted zone around any offshore platforms and sought public cooperation to remain within a safe distance from areas where offshore projects and activities take place.

This, he added, is in line with the Merchant Shipping Order (Safety Zones) under the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam.

He shared that as a continuous effort by His Majesty’s Government in ensuring the safety of the public as well as safety and security of offshore platforms, a specific taskforce has been formed.

The taskforce aims to monitor, advise and create awareness on matters related to offshore platforms as well as to ensure the safety of fishermen who go offshore. He said to achieve this requires commitment, collaboration and cooperation between the stakeholders, authorities and community members.

Representative from the Secretariat of the National Security Committee, Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam, Royal Brunei Police Force, Marine Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Fisheries Department and the Muara Port Company (MPC) were also present.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman, Head of Logistics Support Operations Gilles Verriere, HSSE representative Daryl Keasberry, village heads and residents of Kampong Serasa, Kapok and Meragang were also in attendance.

Attendees in a group photo. PHOTO: TOTAL