In a challenge to Storm, the rest of the Elmaknasa Storm continues tooperate while raising the level of readiness in Alexandria port andapplying operating instructions in case of bad weather conditions
Captain \ Tarik Shaheen, Chairman of the General Authority of Alexandria Port Authority instructed the competent departments at the port to raise the degree of readiness and complete vigilance during the day to deal with the remaining Elmaknasa, to follow the instructions and procedures issued to confront bad weather conditions.
Captain \ Tarek Shaheen said that: the instructions, preparations and procedures that were alerted and stressed to all departments to follow, included periodic follow-up of the watery situation through weather forecasts (measuring wind speed, wave height and air pressure), setting controls for taking the decision to close after it is approved by the competent authority, after closing the Strait, the weather conditions are monitored periodically every hour at least, the Strait is opened if the weather conditions improve, the air-water monitoring is also broadcasted on all ships in the waiting areas and the moored shipsinside the port and indicate the controls of the berthing of ships (berths - departure - internal movements) are determined according to the types of ships and the nature of the cargoes in accordance with the conditions and obligations agreed upon and the condition of the weather at the time, the monitoring of ships and marine units in the water surface berths, waterway, immediate reporting of any unusual movements of the Operations Center and Crisis Management.
Captain \ Shaheen added that the ships on the inner anchor were warned to insure that the ship’s anchor was installed in a good and safe manner and to ensure that an appropriate distance was left between the ships, the operation center and crises management it has to help and be informed about any S.O.S signal from Ships if needed, Ships are also notified to cover all ship's holdings to protect cargoes from damage, as well as inspecting rain drainage networks in roads, yards, berths and roofs of buildings to ensure their suitability for work, to maintain all shuttles, sewage openings and manholes located inside the port and to ensure that they operate efficiently, Emergency Teamwork of technicians (sanitation - electricity - services) have also been equipped to deal immediately with any malfunctions or emergency situations, to equip lifting pumps and inspect the drawing machines and mobile suction pumps for the withdrawal of water pools, the scavenging trucks located in the port to ensure their technical validity, as well as Equipping mobile water tanks.
Captain / Shaheen explained that the instructions also included inspecting through the main and backup generators for lighting, making sure that there is sufficient fuel and the batteries are valid for immediate work, providing mobile electrical generators to quickly push them to any area that needs lighting, or electricity has been cut in it, Raising the degree of maximum readiness for tugs and service and firefighting facilities, reviewing fire-fighting equipment, restricting damage and ensuring their safety, with the formation of working groups to confront emergency events and rapid intervention for repairs, the necessary ship tying ropes were also prepared to tighten the ties on ships in case of need and equip tugs to be used, tightening the bonding of all the marine units huddled at the port (ships - tugs - launches) and the periodic and continuous inspection of the berths to monitor the bonding and safety of the berthing ships and to immediately report any defects to the Operations Center.
The number of shifts was increased and trained to continue working for longer times in order to ensure the continuation of work and not to stop it if the heavy rain obstruct the attendance of workers to the port, the readiness of the port's operations and crisis management center during the day and its constant contact with the governorate operations centers, the police, the maritime transport sector, the Ministry of Transport , Port radio, ships, port administrations, other stakeholders, continuous coordination with the central administration of movement and obtaining the monitoring periodically - every hour at least - and coordination was made with the Civil Protection Department to ensure the readiness of fire trucks and their readiness to move upon request, the continuous follow-up of all port facilities and the water surface through the camera monitoring system, periodic traffic Port facilities to discover any emergency events, inspect conditions and discover events before they happen.
Captain \ Tarik Shaheen added that continuous coordination with the Maritime Services Department is made to ensure the degree of readiness of units, receive any reports, take the necessary approvals for any action taken to confront emergency events, immediate reporting is made to the competent authority and the higher management and coordination of cooperation between all the different departments and notifying the concerned authorities For any emergency events, as the Crisis Committee prepares if needed, The Operations Center manages emergency events and collects data and information until the Crisis Management Committee attends, the Center implements the scenarios prepared in advance to confront any emergency event and ensure the implementation of the emergency plan, prepare a detailed report on the emergency event, explaining the reasons, the measures taken, the recommendations to avoid such an event, The instructions included that the operations center inspect the buildings and berths and immediately report any emergency event, as well as remove cranes and belts from the berths to avoid parts of them falling, warehouse outlets are tightly closed to ensure that the cargoes are not exposed to flying or damage.
The instructions include stopping stevedoring operations and preventing the presence of workers in shipping and stevedoring companies on the decks of ships and crane towers in case of bad weather, the Central Department of Technical and Maritime Services prepares (loader - bulldozer - Clark - crane) as well as rubble equipment for immediate action when needed to return things to what Were on it, As well as preparing a hydraulic electric ladder truck to be used for the purposes assigned to it when needed, the Civil Protection Department raises the state of readiness if bad weather is predicted, preparations include securing electricity stations in the port, preparing emergency crews and preparing them to face risks, continuous coordination with the port operations center and continuous follow-up With the authority's operations center to know meteorological forecasts and participate in confrontation actions.
Reda Al-Ghandour, the formal spokesman for the port, said that: the specialists from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the port inspect the stevedoring companies to ensure the validity of the cranes and equipment for work, to inspect on the existing fire and firefighting equipment and ensure their suitability, they also inspection over the buildings and ensure the implementation of evacuation plans from staff, inspecting the roofs of buildings and making sure that there are no residues or stagnates, as well as inspecting over the yards of companies storing containers and making sure that safety requirements are followed in storage operations.