Qatar has generated emergency response plans for two offshore support, container and general cargo ports
Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has delivered a set of detailed emergency reaction and oil spill contingency plans for Hamad and Al Ruwais ports, which fall under the authority of Mwani Qatar.
IRClass said these plans meet both Qatari and international guidelines and will enable these growing ports to respond effectively to any emergency or oil spill.
Both ports are key offshore support bases and handle a wide range of vessels including container ships, roro, general cargo and livestock carriers. They play key a role in Qatar’s economic diversification and competitiveness strategy, and therefore need to react swiftly to emergencies.
For this project, IRClass undertook a comprehensive site survey to identify possible hazards. It interviewed port personnel and reviewed all operating and emergency procedures to determine possible gaps.
Detailed analysis was then conducted to determine the impact of port oil spills. Extensive quantitative risk analysis was completed, taking into account potential hazardous operations being handled at the ports, ahead of drafting the response plans.
“Preparing ports for any eventuality is a critically important function,” said IRClass head of research and development Asokendu Samanta.
“At IRClass, we are proud to support our colleagues working at the two ports of Hamad and Al Ruwais, and play our part in ensuring these two vital ports are prepared to handle any eventuality if it occurs.”
IRClass worked with Mwani Qatar to deliver the plans on schedule and ensure the ports meet the highest international standards.
Mwani Qatar has invested in Al Ruwais port by dredging the navigation channel, building new docks and six marine berths to accommodate offshore support vessels and commercial ships.
The next phase of investment involves deepening the docks and navigational channel to 10 m to enable cruise ships to dock.
Hamad port was officially inaugurated in December 2016 as one of the largest ports in the Middle East. It is a regional hub for containers, with investment to raise annual capacity to 7.5M TEU combined in three terminals.
This port is a base for offshore and marine support vessels and handles car carriers, bulk grain and livestock, along with general cargo traffic.