Jebel Ali Port 1st in GCC to meet UN Security standards
Global marine terminal operator DP World announced that its flagship Jebel Ali Port has become the first port in the Middle East Region to achieve the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Certificate, a benchmark for security management systems.
The certificate was awarded following an inspection visit to Jebel Ali by a team of UNDSS experts who evaluated the security measures implemented by DP World, UAE Region, with particular focus on emergency response plans, security awareness for staff, security briefing for security personnel, and documentation procedures.
Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region, received the certificate from two senior UNDSS officials, Tamer Hammouda, Security Advisor, and Mosa Elayan, Security Associate, in the presence of DP World, UAE Region officials from the security departments.
Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “Ensuring the safety and security of our people, our customers and assets is integral to DP World’s commitment to safeguarding the national interests of the UAE. We are honoured to receive this important certificate from the United Nations Department of Safety and Security and take this opportunity to reaffirm to all our stakeholders that we will spare no efforts to keep Jebel Ali the safest port in the world.”
Tamer Hammouda, security advisor, UNDSS, said: “Ensuring 24x7 safety and security is a big challenge for any organisation, and particularly so for a regional logistics hub such as Jebel Ali with all its complexities. We are impressed by the high levels of safety and security we found implemented at Jebel Ali Port, even exceeding standards set by UNDSS in some areas. DP World is a deserving candidate for this recognition.”
Saeed Suhail, executive director, Heath, Safety, Environment and Security, DP World, UAE Region, said: “The UNDSS certificate is an important benchmarking exercise undertaken to evaluate our security preparedness against global standards and industry best practices. Our commitment to providing a secure workplace is an ongoing process, which is complemented by continual improvement of security performance that is consistent with DP World’s security management standards.”
DP World Jebel Ali is also certified under the independently audited ISO 28000 security management standard, which is being rolled out throughout the DP World’s global network. DP World is certified as a partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) initiative by US Customs and Border Patrol – the only international port operator to have achieved this recognition.
The UNDSS oversees the UN’s security management system and its work includes setting the standards for best practice security policies and operational procures systems.