To ensure it has high levels of preparedness to respond to emergency situations, Sohar Port and Freezone has launched its new Sohar Emergency Response Organisation. Speaking a ceremony to mark the start of this important initiative, Engineer Khamis bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Shamakhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology for Transport, said, “Sohar Port and Freezone’s investment in high quality emergency preparedness and response will help safeguard the continuity of port operations, thereby protecting the safety and vital interests of port users and Oman’s logistic chain.”
The signing was also attended by representatives from Unity Fire and Safety Services, a local provider of firefighting and emergency response services, which will manage the organisation, as well as representatives of the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) and OQ, which will provide assistance during large scale incidents.
Sohar Emergency Response Organisation, which will have the capacity to provide assistance anywhere within the port within six minutes of an emergency being reported, will be prepared to handle various incidents ranging from building and industrial fires to traffic accidents to medical emergencies and traumas. It will also be tasked with providing medical assistance, standard and industrial firefighting, hazardous materials and technical rescues, including rope and confined space rescue, on a round the clock basis. Furthermore, the new organisation will operate a new emergency response and dispatch centre to handle incident reports and alert emergency response team members.