Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) in cooperation with Al Mahara Diving Centre and Tadweer Waste Treatment LLC has completed an underwater clean-up operation at Khalifa Port.
Organized to ensure the protection and sustainability of the marine ecosystem, the operation took place on November 22 and saw ADT volunteer divers, members of Al Mahara Diving Centre, and Tadweer plunge to the depths of the port’s waters to search for any garbage that may have collected in the berths.
The event was instigated by ADT when it called out to experienced divers to take part in the clean-up and attracted participation from both the public and private sectors. Similar cleanups have been held in the past and as a result the divers commented that the port was already quite clear of garbage and that any debris gathered was small.
“We are delighted to hold events like this. Not only do we want to make sure the marine stays clean and unpolluted, but we also wish to raise awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting our natural assets,” said Abu Dhabi Terminal Chief Executive Officer, Martijn Van De Linde. “We are merely custodians of this splendid resource and we are committed to protecting it as much as we can,” he added.
The event highlighted ADT’s unwavering commitment to the protection of the marine environment and ecological system, particularly at a time when this environment is facing threats and potential challenges from pollution, waste, and urban development.
Eisa Saif Al Qubais, General Manager of Tadweer (The Center of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi) said: “The community wellbeing has always been at the forefront of our priorities, and that is why at Tadweer we support all the initiatives and collective efforts of the public and private sectors that enable us to achieve our strategic goals. Our participation at the Khalifa Port campaign comes in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, and reflects our commitment to promoting environmental preservation and raising awareness on maintaining a safe, clean, and sustainable environment.”