Abu Dhabi Ports has completed a detailed crisis practice scenario in cooperation with the Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Team in Abu Dhabi, with the participation of 12 other governmental entities.
One of the aims of the exercise was to test the port’s response time in dealing with an incident, in which multiple government entities are involved and where it is expected to react immediately. The scenario involved the grounding of a vessel as well as an oil spill that could have environmental repercussions on the port’s marine wildlife.
During the scenario, Abu Dhabi Ports activated its emergency and crisis response plan, and measured the effectiveness of its crisis communication plan.
Commenting on the exercise, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Ports’ chief executive, stated: “We responded to the crisis scenario quickly and diligently, with the cooperation of all government entities that have joined us. A combination of heightened readiness and willingness to harness all resources and possibilities to cooperate with Abu Dhabi Ports in this scenario to meet any crisis or emergency maritime disasters was clearly evident.”