Abu Dhabi Ports constructs COVID-19 testing facilities within 24 hours

Published: 29 April 2020 - 9:49 a.m.

UAE-based master developer Abu Dhabi Ports has constructed COVID-19 testing facilities at Zayed Port and Khalifa Port in record time – in less than 24 hours – in line with efforts to ensure business continuity and preserve the health and safety of maritime personnel in Abu Dhabi.

The facilities have the capacity to process up to 700 tests per day, and will be accessible to all Abu Dhabi Ports’ employees, contractors, and subcontractors active in the ports. Abu Dhabi Ports aims to conduct 6,000 tests in the upcoming days.

The 150m2 testing facilities house the latest in medical diagnostic equipment, which are capable of detecting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and are fully staffed with qualified medical personnel who can conduct the tests in a matter of minutes with results returning within 24 hours.

The master developer has also introduced several measures to ensure that health and safety is maintained across all aspects of its operations.

The measures include the introduction of temperature screening at all sea checkpoints, as well as thermal scans of all vessel crews and offshore personnel operating in Abu Dhabi waters.

The port authority also regularly sends medical teams to all its maritime assets including Al Dhafra region ports to ensure the safety of all operating staff.

In addition, Abu Dhabi Ports has begun an ongoing disinfection and sterilisation exercise across all its maritime facilities in line with the Department of Health’s directives to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The port authority has also unveiled several relief packages to support customers within its industrial zone cluster, who are challenged by the current market conditions.

The corporate security manager of Abu Dhabi Ports, Captain Hazzaa Al Junaibi, said: “Hundreds of thousands of port personnel, ship crews, and offshore workers across the world are running critical maritime operations, day and night, to ensure that the global supply chain continues to move critical cargo to where it is most needed.

“As part of our fight against COVID-19, it is imperative we redouble our efforts to protect the health of these invaluable individuals, so they can continue to support our vital economic and trade lifelines and help mitigate the overall impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

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