Security training

At Kulevi Oil Terminal, security awareness is a top priority and security awareness trainingis conducted periodically for security staff. This trainings helpsour personnel to develop essential competencies, new techniques, and methods that are essential when facing potential security issues.


Recently, the Familiarization Security Internal Training coursewas been conducted at Kulevi Oil Terminal, for SGS (SOCAR Georgia Security) employees as per ISPS (International Ship & Port facility Security code) standard requirements. The main topics discussed during the training includedsecurity regulations and procedures implemented at the terminal, port securitylevel,  handling of suspicious objects or packages, communication process ...

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Automatically Controlled Railway Operation System

Black Sea Terminal management periodically conducts upgrades and the modernization of the automatically controlled railway system, which contributes to the safety and throughput of the terminal’s railway routes and Kulevi railway station.


The terminal’s internal and external railway routes are 12 km long, where switching between different routes is performed by 27 railway switching points. In 2016, BST has initially installed the centralized automatically controlled system for the main switching points.

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Oil Spill Response Drill in Batumi

Recently Batumi held a large-scale oil spill response drill. The drill was organized by the Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia together with the Emergency Management Agency. The drill commenced with the participation of the representatives of all Georgian ports, including Kulevi Port, represented by an emergency response team leader.


During the drill, general information regarding the Black Sea was provided to the participants, together with the description of equipment and tools required for emergency situations related to oil spills. In addition, participants were familiarized with the acting legislation related to emergency management.  

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How to effectively present data

As described in our previous maintenance related articles, BST’s Maintenance Department holds weekly maintenance planning meetings with other department representatives in order to go over pending work orders and effectively plan and schedule the maintenance work. This prevents a backlog of work orders and improves the overall maintenance work schedule compliance index.


Preparing, compiling and presenting the information in an efficient, easily readable and presentable form during the planning meetings is a critical part of the maintenance planning arrangement process. 

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Basic Fire Fighting training

As part of refreshment safety training at Black Sea Terminal, the Safety Department organized a training course in Basic Fire Fighting for its contractor company employees, as well as its physical personnel working for the terminal.


The main aim of the training course was to delegate awareness and understanding and to provide all the necessary information and basic skills to take effective action during any emergency situation arising from a fire – including evacuation. During the training course, participants were detailed about creating a warning in the case of a fire emergency, different classes of fire, extinguishing methods and extinguishers, operational procedures, how fire spreads, fire prevention, fire suppression, types of fires, basic emergency plans, as well as basic first-aid. 

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On Scene Commander training and assessment

Emergency response situations in the oil & gas industry are fast moving, often dangerous and can be chaotic. People need to be trained in their roles in order to manage emergencies effectively.


As part of Black Sea Terminal's training and certification program for its employees, Occupational Training International (OTI) was invited to deliver training courses, as well as to assess the designated On Scene Commanders at the terminal. The training course was followed by the On Scene Commanders undergoing a formal assessment process at the terminal, to ensure that those personnel appointed to this important emergency response are competent.

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Modernization of the offloading system

Kulevi Oil Terminal will undertake a project that will increase the offloading capacities of trestles № 3 and № 4 by modernizing the existing offloading system. In addition, 3 boilers, the related pipework and facilities, as well as a high voltage transformer substation will be delivered, and cable maintenance will be undertaken.


After the modernization project is completed, the receipt and transshipment of fuel-oil (M-100) originating in Kazakhstan during the winter period will be performed in more smooth and timely manner. 

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Increased Security Measures

The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies. Having come into force in 2004, it prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.                    


As Kulevi Port is a part of a SOLAS convention and practices ISPS code requirements, security and control issues are one of the main concerns at such strategic facilitieslike ours. Security matters of the facility are always a priority. 

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Anticorrosion protection work

Kulevi Oil Terminal is located directly on the Black Sea coast in a humid subtropical region. Therefore corrosion protection for all structures and equipment is one of the terminal’s main priorities. Anticorrosive measures are important for maintaining the condition and extending the life of the structures and equipment.


Black Sea Terminal management has established a detailed plan for anticorrosion activities. Modern methods and means of anticorrosion protection of BST equipment, process pipelines and storage tanks, have been studied. After processing the visual and ultrasonic inspection data, more detailed method statements are being created. When selecting the methods for undergoing the application of coating materials, EN standards are followed exclusively. 

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Pre-Winter Preparations

Every year Kulevi Oil Terminal holds an annual winter season preparation meeting to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the company’s assets during the cold months. The selection of suitable maintenance tasks that consider many factors – especially an ambient temperature – is of vital importance in this process.


Recently a meeting was held to discuss what actions should be taken as part of this year’s pre-winter preparations. After the meeting, a specific list of actions was compiled and distributed to all relevant personnel, so they could get a head-start on the preparation work to be undertaken.


Black Sea Terminal has been taking proactive measures by efficiently ...

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