The largest consignment of crude oil ever to be brought into Pakistan by a single oil tanker was discharged through Byco’s deep sea single point mooring (SPM) facility to the Byco oil refining complex.
The tanker, MT Quetta, moored at the terminal with a cargo of 79,000 tons of crude oil from the United Arab Emirates, according to a press release.
The SPM was tested on December 36, 2012 when the first crude oil tanker, MT Arietis, successfully discharged cargo of 17,000 tons of crude oil.
With a draft of 25 metres, the Byco SPM can accommodate vessels carrying crude/petroleum products of over 100,000 tons. Presently, smaller parcel of petroleum products are being imported through Karachi Port and Port Qasim due to the draft limitations of both these ports.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2013.
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