Abu Dhabi Ports’ unit to provide emergency response services

Abu Dhabi Ports’ subsidiary Safeen has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) – Land & Maritime to provide emergency response services and support maritime rescue operations across territorial waters.

The responsibilities for marine services firm Safeen under the MOU include all types of marine emergencies such as oil spills, firefighting, wreck removal, salvage, grounding, rescue towing, maritime surveying, search and rescue, as well as a host of ancillary services.

The signing of the MOU is part of FTA’s effort to enhance its partnerships with key national companies and authorities in the maritime sector with the aim of optimising safety, security and environmental protection of the marine domain within the UAE.

FTA’s engineer Ahmed Mohamed Sharif Al Khoori said: “By nurturing partnerships with leading national companies that provide reliable, safe and effective marine services, the authority will have the tools and procedures that will enable it to decisively respond to emergencies and ensure safety and security across the maritime sector.

“Our agreement will also allow us to provide further support to the coastguard and other local authorities that are essential to securing and safeguarding the waters of the UAE,” he added.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, group ceo of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented: “The terms of our accord reflect the spirit of good will that exists between our two parties as we seek to engage and collaborate in innovative ways that serve to further protect our marine environment’s precious resources, while also enhancing the safety of our nation’s territorial waters as well as the security of all our ports.”

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