A table-top exercise to comprehensively rehearse crisis management scenarios at Khalifa Port with all of the key organizations in the emirate has been organized by ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company).
The exercise which took place on Monday 8 July was led by ADPC in partnership with the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones.
The attendees worked through three different scenarios to establish key responsibilities and capabilities, chain of command, essential communications procedures, appropriate responses and escalation procedures depending on different factors.
Mohamed Al Shamisi, Acting CEO ADPC commented:
“Khalifa Port has been fully commercially operational since 1 September 2012. There has always been a solid plan for any issues or crises, but as the ports’ operational activities grow, so our requirements change and the number of organizations involved in any response or planning changes.
“Led by our Crisis Management Team, today has been a valuable exercise to comprehensively rehearse and plan for any eventuality. Health, safety and Environment is ADPC’s top priority in all activities, this exercise has given us the chance to identify any potential risks and to work together to ensure a rapid, comprehensive and effective crisis management should an incident ever happen.”
The exercise clarified the roles and tasks for each participating entity, examined each organisations capabilities and established communication channels and planning responses for different scenarios.
The organizations taking part in the exercise included representatives from: Abu Dhabi Civil Defense, the UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi Police, Higher Committee for UAE Civil Seaports and Airports Security, the National Transport Authority, the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), the Critical Infrastructure & Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA), the Department of Finance, Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (ADCA), the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Terminals, the Centre of Waste Management (CWM), the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water.