ADPC Marine Services awarded highest level navigational standard.

Abu Dhabi Port Company Marine Services' Navigation Services Department technical team has received the highest internationally accredited navigational standard yet attained by a marine service operator in the Middle East - and only the third awarded worldwide.

Department staff passed training based on The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Level 2 Model Courses.

IALA is an 80 member country organisation representing navigation services and interests worldwide.

ADPC Marine Services manages 966 buoys and beacons over 52 channels and waterways, covering a span of 472 kilometers across Abu Dhabi, except petroleum ports channels.

IALA publishes module courses for AtoN (Aids to Navigation) Training – Level 1 is designed for management and Level 2 is designed for technicians.  The training assimilation in ADPC Marine Services was evaluated via written and oral examinations conducted by Middle East Navigation Aid Services (MENAS) representatives.

ADPC Marine Services has worked hand-in-hand with MENAS in the building of the navigation section – from the design of the facilities, to recruitment and training of personnel and the selection and enhancement of the departments’ equipment and vessels.

Hamad Al Maghrabi, general manager of ADPC Marine Services, said: “We are delighted our technical team has reached such high standards; their expertise now places them in the top tier, globally.  This also supports ADPC’s top priority: to continue to ensure the safe, expeditious and cost effective movement of vessels in our Abu Dhabi waters, while  working to reduce environmental impact.”

The ADPC Navigation Services Department is ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, certified from LRQA.

By Will Rankin from  Dubai.


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