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|19 March, 2019

Abu Dhabi Ports collects over 120 tons of floating sea debris

The company recycles more than 10 tons of the collected material

Abu Dhabi Ports collects over 120 tons of floating sea debris

Abu Dhabi: Safeen, the leading provider of integrated marine services in the Middle East and subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, has collected over 120 tons of floating sea debris in Abu Dhabi waters last year, recycling more than ten tons of the collected material.

Capt. Adil Banihammad, Acting CEO of Safeen, said: “The establishment of the Environment and Anti-Pollution Department at Safeen, under the Marine Services Directorate back in 2015, demonstrates Abu Dhabi Ports’ utmost priority to protect the environment, attain sustainability and preserve marine resources and life.”

“The department, run by Emirati staff trained to the highest international standards, has designed a special boat which was responsible for the collection of tons of floating debris, such as plastic, wood, ropes and fishing nets in Abu Dhabi waters. In addition, the department coordinates joint actions with all parties involved in protecting the environment and the marine life, particularly coral and sea turtles, and organizes awareness campaigns about the hazards of throwing waste in the sea,” Banihammad explained. 

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He added: “We are committed to the continuous improvement, efficiency and performance of the department by running periodical training and drills to ensure the readiness of staff and equipment at all times.”

Safeen has all the resources and tools needed for treating and containing level-one oil spills according to the criteria of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA). The company cooperates with many local and international parties and organizations to contain oil spills.

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About Abu Dhabi Ports
Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the Port of Fujairah, as well as the trade and logistics hub, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), in which Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone attracts direct investments to over 100 km2 of free zone opportunities, the largest in the Middle East region.

Inaugurated on Dec 12, 2012 by President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khalifa Port is the flagship port of Abu Dhabi Ports and is considered to be the first semi-automated container port in the region. Abu Dhabi Ports also owns 50% of Abu Dhabi Terminals, which operates and manages Khalifa Port Container Terminal with a full suite of logistics solutions to benefit trade partners and shipping lines. Abu Dhabi Ports has signed concession agreements at Khalifa Port with two of the world's largest shipping lines - COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. Abu Dhabi Ports plans to expand the current capacity at Khalifa Port from 5 million TEU (total capacity of Khalifa Port terminal 1 and CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal) to 9.1 million TEU over the next five years.

Abu Dhabi Ports’ subsidiaries include Abu Dhabi Marine Services “SAFEEN”, providing a comprehensive range of marine, navigational and ancillary quayside services as well as VTS Services and fleet maintenance in a safe, secure and efficient manner; Maqta Gateway, developer and operator of the first port community in the emirate; and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, the first permanent cruise terminal in the region. To meet the increasing demand of cruise liners and passengers, Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach was developed, offerings cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with unmatched tourism experiences. Additionally, Abu Dhabi Ports also manages the Maritime Training Centre at Musaffah Port.

For more information, contact:
Maria Saud
Account Director, Brunswick Group
Email: ADPORTS@brunswickgroup.com    
Mobile: +971 56 996 3427
Shady Abdel Hamid
Account Director, Brunswick Group
Email: ADPORTS@brunswickgroup.com    
Mobile: +971 56 503 2072

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