ADPC dives into marine protection
The Abu Dhabi Ports Company has launched a new campaign which aims to protect the environment and break a world record.
Dive Together to Protect Our Marine Environment is the waste-collection campaign currently taking place at Abu Dhabi’s Free Port, the New Free Port, the nearby Fisherman’s Port, Zayed Port and on DAS Island.
The waste-collection campaign which is organised by ADPC together with Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) and other UAE entities from the government and private sector, aims to raise awareness of the increasing quantity of marine debris in regional waters and oceans world-wide.
The organisers hope to attract more than 250 certified divers to participate in the event, which would make it the biggest (in terms of divers taking part) single cleaning and diving event, in order to break the current world record.
“So far, we have counted 210 divers. But we are still expecting more to join in before the day is finished”, said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC.
The event is supported by many other high profile organisations in Abu Dhabi, including the National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company Ltd. (ADGAS) and Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd – GASCO.
The participants and supporters attending range from CEOs to environmental activists and fishermen.
“We are all working together for the same cause: to protect our beautiful sea life and our precious marine environment. As a master developer of ports and industrial zones, ADPC not only has the responsibility to protect the marine environment, but also the mandate to encourage the local community to support and take action too”, said Al Shamisi explained.
“We would like to thank everyone – all our partners and the many divers - who have joined in with todays’ activities. We have collected a considerable amount of waste from the various locations and made a big difference to the local environment.”