With 7,000 seagoing vessels and 40,000 inland vessels that pass through the national waterway between IJmuiden and the Oranjesluizen in Amsterdam every year, the port is an important gateway to the rest of the European continent. The Port of Amsterdam has a risk profile due to the type of companies that have established themselves in the port and the location near the urban area. Harbourmaster Marleen van Kerkhof therefore attaches great importance to safety in the area.
On the mandate of various governments, she handles the shipping traffic in the entire North Sea Canal area with the Harbour Master’s Division on a daily basis. When it comes to safety in the area, in addition to shipping traffic, it also has more than 700 port related companies.
The vast majority is in the energy sector. Storage, transhipment and the processing of oil products, among other things, takes place here on a large scale. For example, the kerosene for Schiphol arrives at the port and is then transported directly to the airport via a pipeline.
Safety in Amsterdam
The so-called BRZO companies, due to the processing of hazardous substances designated as high-risk facilities, must comply with strict regulations. The control is done by the Harbor Master’s Division. In this way, Van Kerkhof has a clear picture of the risks that are present. In order to contain these risks, there is close cooperation with the Fire Department Amstelland and other emergency services in the region. If, in spite of all precautionary measures, there is still a calamity, the provision of information in the region will take place via Alert4omgevingen.
Claudia Brinkman, Westpoort Coordinator Security, says: “Our consultations with the safety managers of the port companies in our area have shown that in the case of a fire, for example, people want to know what is going on next door as quickly as possible. Alert4omgevingen goes further than the message to keep windows and doors closed. Safety is a basic condition for the port. In the event of a calamity, it is therefore of the utmost importance that the right people are informed and immediate action is taken.”
Alert4omgevingen by Centric
Alert4omgevingen is the alert system that quickly informs residents, companies and institutions of the situation. On the basis of risk scenarios and meteo-information, Alert4omgevingen provides direct advice on how to act to company emergency response officers that can have an effect on their location.
For example, the system increases safety for risk companies that have to comply with the BRZO reporting obligation, but also for organisations in the neighbourhood for whom an incident can have consequences. Connected care providers receive relevant information and specific advice for taking measures via e-mail and SMS.
Emergency response officers receive the action advice on their own mobile phone. Alert4omgevingen can therefore be used directly from the Centric cloud without any investments and without their own infrastructure.