Paria says it did not block LMCS – Trinidad & Tobago

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Paria says it did not block LMCS – Trinidad & Tobago

Paria Fuel Trading Co Ltd yesterday deemed the statement by LMCS to be unfortunate, saying it is now compelled to provide clarity on certain issues.

The company said the majority of what has been said with respect to the role of Paria in the diving tragedy is not only inaccurate but also unjust.

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Following is the text of the Paria statement:

“Since June 2021, LMCS has been engaged in the maintenance project with respect to the 30-inch pipeline located at No. 36 Sealine Riser on Berth No. 6 at the Para facility.

Prior to the commencement of this project, the said pipeline had been inactive–since even before Paria commenced operations in December 2018–and it would remain inactive until the project was completed. It is therefore important to note that there is no pipe connection mechanism, machinery, or equipment whatsoever connected to the section of pipeline under repair, so nothing could have been switched on or activated by Paria, to change the condition of the pipeline while the project was being undertaken by LMCS.

Friday’s incident occurred at around 2.45 p.m. while five divers were working in LMCS’ hyperbaric chamber and were being monitored by LMCS employees on a nearby barge when a splash was observed within LMCS’s hyperbaric chamber and concurrently, video from the cameras within the chamber ceased operating.

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Upon being notified of the incident by LMCS, Paria immediately activated its Incident Management Team. Paria also contacted emergency response organisations, including the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSH), and the South West Regional Health Authority. Dive support operators–Mitchell’s Professional Diving Services Co Ltd and Offshore Technology Solution Ltd–were also contacted. Further assistance was sought from Eastern Divers Co Ltd. The external service providers arrived at various times on Friday evening to assist with the rescue effort. The Commercial Diver Operations Supervisor from Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd was also on site to support the Incident Command Team.

Paria was informed by the owner of LMCS, Kazim Ali, that his company would notify the families of its five employees.

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As part of its emergency response plan, LMCS launched a search and rescue operation. An LMCS employee entered the hyperbaric chamber and advised that there was no sign of the divers or the dive cylinders. Paria’s marine security supported the search with vessels, focused on the waters surrounding both the LMCS hyperbaric chamber and the pipeline.

Paria: We did not block company  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers


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