ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), manager and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, has received ISO 28001:2007 Certification in Security Management Systems.
The stringent international standards are designed to demonstrate that port operators give the highest priority to security and professionalism in order to safeguard the international supply chain – vital to the economic growth of trading nations.
ADT has said that the certification is a proof for its procedures and training which have far exceeded the levels required in relation to security management practices and risk reduction.
ISO 28001: 2007 was introduced as a response to security risks such as theft, industrial espionage, industrial disruption, product manipulation, counterfeiting, fraud or, in extreme circumstances, even terrorism. The standard is only awarded to organisations which have demonstrated a thorough, proactive and autonomous approach to risk assessment and management processes throughout their operations through strict compliance to measures such as AEO and C-TPAT.
Commenting on the achievement, Ahmed Ayada Ahmed Al Hameli, General Director – Security and Government Relations for ADT, said, “We are absolutely delighted that Khalifa Port Container Terminal has been awarded this certification.
“To be among the few regional organisations that have achieved ISO 28001:2007 is testament to the hard work of our security and internal auditing teams who have worked tirelessly to ensure the required standards have been not only met, but greatly exceeded.
“As part of our on-going endeavours to the highest levels of security and reduction of risk on behalf of shipping lines and cargo owners, we continually strive to improve our security processes, procedures and practices. We achieve this by the highest levels of staff training, extremely detailed and efficient monitoring and documentation, and exceptionally proficient vehicle processing. All this has enabled us to achieve ISO 28001: 2007 and demonstrates our wholehearted commitment to safety and security,” he added.
This latest award adds to ADT’s impressive levels of operational and maintenance achievements. The Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is located in Taweelah, mid-way between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, already holds multiple international certifications including ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management, ISO 14001-2004 Environmental Management, OHSAS 18001-2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management and ISO 28001-2007 Supply Chain Security Management.
The certification confirms Khalifa Port Container Terminal’s status as one of the pre-eminent container terminals in the Middle East. Operated and managed by ADT, Khalifa is the first semi-automated terminal in the region, with an annual handling capacity of two million containers each year, and, as such, plays a vital role in the economic growth of the UAE.