Abu Dhabi Ports’ subsidiary, Safeen, which provides a range of marine and port services, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with ADNOC Logistics & Services, which deals with oil spill containment, cleaning and maintenance operations. The two companies will work together in handling tier two oil spill incidents through joint containment, cleaning and maintenance activities. Tier two oil spills cover a greater area of water and involve more quantities of oil than tier one oil spills, which Safeen is already equipped to deal with. As a result, the agreement extends the company’s capabilities in this important emergency response activity.
Hamad Al Maghrabi, Safeen’s marine services operations general manager, said: “The MOU with ADNOC allows us to further uphold our commitment to the wider port and maritime community, ensuring the seas of the UAE are kept clean and safe.”
The agreement covers the ocean areas around all ports owned and managed by Abu Dhabi Ports and will enable ADNOC Logistics & Services to have access to Abu Dhabi Port storage facilities, in order to enable a quick response to any tier two oil spill incidents.
Abdul Aziz Mohamed Al Zaabi, senior vice president, services, at ADNOC Logistics & Services, added: “Our agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports will help protect the marine ecosystem against damage caused by any oil spill and reflects our strong commitment, as a responsible energy producer, to safeguard the natural environment. We look forward to working with Safeen and making a positive contribution to ensuring any damage done to marine life is minimised in the event of an unforeseen incident.”
Safeen and ADNOC Logistics & Services will also participate in joint knowledge sharing exercises, including training sessions and practice drills. The aim will be to improve their competencies and to provide international standard education in oil spill containment and incident response.