ACT celebrates International Day of Safety

Aqaba container terminal
ACT introduced its new slogan, "Caring is the basis of our leadership." (Photo: Handout from Aqaba Container Terminal)
AQABA — Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) celebrated with its parent group A.P. Moller-Maersk, which is one of the largest global port operators. The celebration is for the occasion of the International Day of Safety. In addition, ACT introduced its new slogan, "Caring is the basis of our leadership."اضافة اعلان

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and the Board of Directors of the ACT, Engineer Nayef Bakheet, announced on Wednesday the addition of five new port equipment into service at ACT.

In a ceremony organized to introduce the new mechanisms, Bakheet told Jordan News that this step comes as part of ACT's investment plan, which aims to replace the current equipment with safer and more modern equipment to enhance quality and operational efficiency.

The equipment includes four cranes specialized in handling empty containers, valued at JD1.25 million, and a forklift specializing in handling packed containers. The full containers are valued at around a quarter-million dinars of goods. The total investment of this equipment is amounted to about JD1.245 million. In addition, fourteen new locomotives are also part of the latest equipment, valued at a total investment of JD1.4 million. Finally, a new gantry crane is expected to come in the coming years.

Bakheet pointed out that ACT has always been keen on public safety, pointing out that introducing new cranes for loading and unloading is a qualitative addition to the safety of the company's employees and the speed of completion.

He added that the company has a set public safety plan that it applies at work to ensure the safety of its workers. The Aqaba Special Economic Authority will also collaborate with ACT to train several employees and public safety teams in different Aqaba ports.

Vice President David Skov of APM Terminals in Africa and the Middle East told Jordan News that they Have taken a new slogan when dealing with the safety of employees and port users. This slogan is now the basis of finding solutions to challenges for public safety within daily operations. This new slogan, "Caring is the basis of our leadership," includes promoting participation and interaction among members of senior management and experts on the front lines of port operations.

Skov added that these new mechanisms contain more than 10 additional safety features to enhance the safety of its operators. In turn, the CEO of ACT, Soren Jensen, stressed that the Maersk and APM Terminals focus on three main elements to deal with public safety, categorized by considering their employees the experts of their worksites, and stating that they can create solutions that improve the standards of safety containing emergencies.

The celebration included site visits to the main work sites, including workshops, docked ships, loading and unloading operations, an inspection of storage of containers. Members of senior management attended the visit to ensure that all matters related to public safety were discussed with them.

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