Abu Dhabi Ports Screening Centre Case Study

I. Introduction

Abu Dhabi Ports owns and operates 10 port and terminal facilities in the UAE which play an important part in supporting the emirate as a trade hub.

In alignment with UAE government guidelines to effectively combat COVID-19, Abu Dhabi Ports introduced a raft of health and safety measures across all aspects of its operations to safeguard the health of marine personnel and maintain business continuity from the outbreak of the pandemic.

Measures included temperature screening at all sea checkpoints, as well as thermal scans of all vessel crews and offshore personnel operating in Abu Dhabi waters as well as an ongoing disinfections and sterilisation programme across all facilities.

II. Objective

To build COVID-19 testing facilities at Khalifa and Zayed ports to provide tests for Abu Dhabi Ports’ staff and customers. 

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. 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.”

III. Execution and Outcome

Abu Dhabi Ports awarded ADNEC Services (a subsidiary of ADNEC group) the contract to project manage and deliver the testing facilities at both locations.

The scope of work was to manage the entire project from concept and creative direction, design, build and production.

The main challenge was to provide a working facility within a short time scale, which was successfully constructed in record-time, within a single day. The team managed the full build of the facilities including integrated AV, graphics for signage and information as well as shell scheme testing and consultation cubicles.

The testing facilities will provide on-going testing for key workers within the ports facility. It is accessible to Abu Dhabi Ports employees, contractors and subcontractors active in the ports, the new facilities can process up to 700 tests daily. Housing the latest in medical diagnostic equipment for detecting COVID-19, the 150 sqm facilities are fully staffed by qualified medical personnel who can conduct tests in a matter of minutes with results returning within 24 hours.

Since the  facilities have already assessed more than 4,000 individuals to date.

Ahmed Al Obeidli Chief Operations Officer at ADNEC said “I am incredibly proud of the speed and agility that the ADNEC Services teams have demonstrated by managing this project and turning the space around within 24 hours. Furthermore, I am pleased that the partnership formed with SEHA in the construction of a field hospital at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre as well as other testing centres around the city has extended to delivering the sites for Abu Dhabi ports.”