Jebel Ali Port awarded benchmark UN safety accreditation

seaport-container-shipJebel Ali Port in Dubai has become the first port in the Middle East region to achieve the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Certificate.

Global marine terminal operator DP World has announced Jebel Ali was awarded the benchmark certificate for security management systems following an inspection by a team of UNDSS experts,

Jebel Ali was constructed in the 1970s and is the world’s largest man-made harbour and the biggest port in the Middle East. It is DP World’s flagship facility and handled 13.3 million standard units of cargo in 2012.

An evaluation of the security measures implemented at the port focused on areas including emergency response plans, security awareness among staff, security briefings for security personnel and documentation procedures.

Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice-president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “Ensuring the safety and security of our people, our customers and assets is integral to DP World’s commitment to safeguarding the national interests of the UAE.

“We are honoured to receive this important certificate from the United Nations Department of Safety and Security and take this opportunity to reaffirm to all our stakeholders that we will spare no efforts to keep Jebel Ali the safest port in the world.”

Tamer Hammouda, security advisor for UNDSS, added: “Ensuring 24×7 safety and security is a big challenge for any organisation, and particularly so for a regional logistics hub such as Jebel Ali with all its complexities.

“We are impressed by the high levels of safety and security we found implemented at Jebel Ali Port, even exceeding standards set by UNDSS in some areas. DP World is a deserving candidate for this recognition.”

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