Abu Dhabi Terminals' campaign, “Dive together to clean our Capital Ports,” which was conducted this week to clean the seabed of a number of the Emirate’s ports and marinas, has gathered more than 15 tonnes of waste.
The campaign saw more than 150 professional divers, including 120 volunteers from both the government and private sector take part in cleaning four ports; Mina Zayed, the Free Port, New Free Port and Musaffah Port
Some of the waste gathered included ship fondles, wood, plastics, glass bottles and iron pipes. The majority of the waste was collected from close to the ports’ shores and has been taken by the Waste Management Centre in Abu Dhabi.
Abdullah Al Muharrami, deputy CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals, said: “I would like to thank all parties and volunteers who participated in the drive. The initiative has been very successful and we are very excited at the level of participation as some volunteers came from far away emirates such as Ras Al Khaimah and Al Fujairah to take part.
“ADT plans to launch the campaign annually. The marine environment is one of Abu Dhabi’s key assets and we encourage companies and individuals alike to work together to protect them.
“This campaign is part of Abu Dhabi Terminals’ commitment to a responsible role towards the marine environment, which is facing unprecedented levels of threats and challenges from pollution, waste, and urban developments.”
“The campaign has received great support from both the public and private sectors, as well as the community, who are keen to take an active role in protecting the marine environment and raising awareness of how clean and healthy waters will have an important role in protecting our future,” he said.