Abu Dhabi Marine Services “Safeen” Marks New Milestones Reflecting Rapid Growth of Abu Dhabi Ports
- Three new state-of-the-art tugs to support world’s largest ships in Abu Dhabi, aid development of global maritime trade hub in emirate
- Safeen wins major international ISO safety and environmental accreditations
- Achieves best-in-class health and safety performance, clocking one million working hours without losses to injury to date
Abu Dhabi Marine Services “Safeen”, the marine services subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, supporting the operations of the network of ports and harbours across the emirate of Abu Dhabi with a range of maritime and quayside-support services, announced today significant milestones reinforcing Abu Dhabi Ports’ continued expansion and latest remarkable results.
Three new state-of-the-art tugs, specialising in towing and escorting the world’s largest ships that now regularly call at locations in Abu Dhabi, have been integrated into Safeen’s existing fleet. The 75 BP ASD Azimuth Stern Drive tugs based at Khalifa Port can support the latest generation post-panamax container vessels capable of handling some 18,000 TEUs (standard 20-foot containers).
Over the years Safeen has also strengthened its reputation as one of the safest and most environmentally responsible global service operators across its range of services that include vessel assistance, navigational support, inspections and shipping maintenance at Abu Dhabi’s ports and harbours. Safeen has received the internationally prestigious ISO 14001: 2004 recognising best practices in environmental management systems, and the OHSAS 18001: 2007 issued by Lloyd’s of London certifying best-in-class occupational health and safety in the maritime, shipping and logistics sectors.
More recently, Safeen passed an important work safety milestone clocking up some one million Working Hours without Lost Injury Time – an important industry standard in demonstrating safe working practices.
Speaking on the achievements, Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, Acting CEO of Maritime Cluster – AD Ports Group, Safeen, said: “Upgrading our services will help us contribute effectively to the wider growth of Abu Dhabi’s maritime sector and consolidate our reputation as the destination of choice for maintenance and marine support services.”
Launched in 2013, Safeen has made strong progress in its three years of operations and currently boasts nine tugs, five pilot boats, six speed boats, one buoy maintenance boat and two oil-spill response boats. In addition, Safeen regularly achieves industry distinctions from leading international bodies, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for safety management, the International Safety Management (ISM) certification and the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations (ISPO) – the industry gold standard.
Safeen offers a wide host of maritime services including vessel services (tug services, towage, pilotage), vessel trafficking
services (VTS), mooring and ancillary services (such as Bollard pull test, quayside services, fresh water supply, garbage disposal, bunkering, issuing of permits), diving services (including underwater inspection and filming), bathymetric surveying, ferry management in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, navigational services (waterways and channel maintenance) and marine workshop services.