Sohar Port and Freezone enhances emergency preparedness

Sohar: Sohar Port and Free Zone announced the start of operational operations of the Sohar Emergency Response System, which constitutes an advanced and integrated approach to confronting emergency situations, enhances safety standards within the port and free zone, and increases the capabilities of dealing with a wide range of potential accidents in the industrial zone.

The system, which will effectively handle various emergency scenarios, will be operated by Etihad Fire and Safety Services Company, one of the leading companies specialising in safety and emergency response, with support from the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority and OQ – the global integrated energy group.

This partnership is the fruit of cooperation between the public and private sectors, and also includes local and international partnerships, including the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, the Port of Rotterdam, and the Civil Defense and Ambulance Authority, and aims to ensure an optimal response to emergency situations.

Under this partnership, cooperation will take place in many aspects, including providing advanced safety training and equipment, complying with regulatory practices, reviewing and amending emergency rules and implementing an emergency response plan in line with the best internationally followed safety standards.

Captain Majid bin Saif bin Mohammed Al Barhi, Director General of Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, said that the launch of this system highlights that the commitment to protecting individuals and ensuring their safety is at the forefront of the Ministry’s priorities, as it constitutes an important step to go beyond traditional safety measures and move to a more efficient and effective level in practices and plans. Emergency response. It is also a framework to protect individuals and ensure resilient business continuity in times of crisis.

For his part, Butti bin Mohammed Al Shibli, Port Manager at Sohar Port, said that Sohar’s adoption of innovative best practices and advanced technologies will set new safety standards in the sector and establish a new approach to operational excellence. He explained that this system reflects the port’s ongoing commitment to achieving the values ​​of safety, flexibility and efficiency at Sohar Port and Freezone, paving the way for a future of full readiness to respond to and deal with emergencies.

It is worth mentioning that Sohar Port and Freezone has conducted a series of safety drills over the past months with the support of various partners, in cooperation with the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Zone team from the Port of Rotterdam, and a team from the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority. An assessment and review was also conducted to measure the readiness of the system.

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