On July 27, 2003, the Tasman Spirit, a Greek-owned tanker carrying 67,500 tons of oil, ran aground and later broke off the Karachi coast, resulting in a dramatic oil spill. The Government of Pakistan (GoP) recognized the need for better planning and response capabilities. The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) was tasked by the GoP to investigate the impact of the spill with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard.
decision analysis partners was tasked with developing an orientation visit designed to meet the needs of a Pakistani delegation interested in the following areas:
- Long-term Government planning and coordination between Government entities,
- A review of our national system for accidental oil spill response,
- Public-private partnerships in oil spill response in the United States,
- Oil spill response equipment, products and services, including:
- Government and private modeling software and planning tools,
- State-of-the art containment and cleanup equipment and products (categories are detailed later on),
- Consulting and engineering services, and
- Emergency response equipment.
The itinerary covered a blend of government-oriented meetings, site visits to ports and response facilities, as well as visits to U.S. product and service providers. A business briefing was held on May 18th, 2005, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.