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International Marine Oil Spill exercise Barracuda-X commenced

Islamabad:    (Parliament Times)     The 10 th edition of International Exercise Barracuda
formally commenced at the Headquarters Pakistan Maritime Security Agency
(PMSA) today, with an impressive flag hoisting ceremony. The ceremony was
attended by 24 observers from 11 friendly countries and officers of Pakistan Navy
and PMSA.
The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by an opening brief of the exercise at a
local hotel in Karachi, where State Minister for climate change honorable Zartaj
Gul was the Chief Guest .Observers from 11 friendly countries and delegations
from various national stake holders also attended the opening brief where aims
and objectives of Exercise Barracuda-X were highlighted. In the second session of
the opening brief scholarly papers on environment protection and Search and
Rescue at sea were presented by speakers from National Institute of Maritime
Affairs (NIMA), National Institute of Oceanography(NIO) and PMSA.
Earlier, during the first day of exercise, the foreign observers had interaction with
Director General PMSA Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman, who welcomed and
thanked them for their participation in the exercise. DG PMSA also highlighted
Pakistan’s efforts to curb pollution at sea and reiterated Pakistan Maritime
Security Agency’s resolve to fight marine pollution.
International Exercise Barracuda-X is a Marine Oil Spill exercise and is aimed at
enhancing capacity and proficiency of national stakeholders to combat the
menace of pollution at sea. Twenty four observers from 11 Countries along with
national stake holders including Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, PMSA, Port
Qasim Authority and Karachi Port Trust are participating in the exercise. The
international participants of Exercise Barracuda-X include Bahrain, China,

Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and
Turkey.
The exercise Barracuda X will be conducted in Karachi and sea from 2nd to 4 th
December 19.

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