English Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician Georgian German Greek Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Russian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese

Macedonia prepares for disasters

PRESS RELEASE

April 20, 2015: Skopje's "Alexander the Great Airport" in Macedonia will have additional skills needed to cope with any possible natural or man-made disaster following a three-day training course in disaster preparedness.

The training program, entitled "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" (GARD), is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), in cooperation with TAV Macedonia, the company that manages the country's two airports, "Alexander the Great" in Skopje and "St Paul the Apostle" in Ohrid.

gard-istanbul-360The GARD program aims to increase the capacity of airport personnel to deal with the logistical demands involved in post-disaster scenarios. The training will define and enhance local logistical capacities and knowledge, ensuring that bottlenecks at airports can be avoided and that large volumes of incoming relief goods can be handled with optimum efficiency.

The GARD concept has already been successfully implemented in almost 30 airports since 2005, including airports in Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Panama, El Salvador and Peru. The GARD trainers, DHL logistics experts who are providing their services free of charge, have been working in close cooperation with the United Nations.

"Our thoughts are always positive and naturally we do not want, or think that big disasters can happen. But, these kinds of scenarios are not included, no matter if it is a disaster caused by nature or caused by а human factor. Therefore, the GARD-training, which is organized by DPDHL Group and UNDP, is of a major significance for us and we appreciate very much their program, as well as the good cooperation, because the final goal is readiness of Skopje Airport for managing the disaster's effects," said Zoran Krstevski, General Manager of TAV Macedonia.

During the program, airport staff, together with staff from all relevant institutions that are part of the national crisis management system, including the Crisis Management Centre, the Protection and Rescue Directorate, the Civil Aviation Agency, the Ministry of Transport and Communication, the Ministry of Interior and the Red Cross, assessed the airports' surge capability and management structure from a disaster relief perspective and created a tailor-made and detailed action plan to handle surge traffic in case of a major disaster. It is expected that this plan will become part of national-level contingency plans.

"Building the country's resilience to natural and man-made disasters has always been a focus of activity for UNDP," said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton. "Since 2007 we have implemented projects in this area worth USD 1.6 million, in partnership with central and local governments. This training is another step forward. Earthquakes and other natural cataclysms can't be avoided, but better preparedness and targeted investments can ensure they don't turn into disasters."

More News

Written on 18/01/2018, 21:36
jd-com-signs-deals-with-vietnam-and-franceBEIJING: January 15, 2018. JD.com, China's largest retailer, is to become a major shareholder in Vietnam's B2C e-commerce platform Tiki.com following the...
Written on 18/01/2018, 17:43
record-port-volume-for-south-carolinaCHARLESTON, SC: January 17, 2017. The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled a record 2.2 million TEU in 2017, resulting in a nine percent growth...
Written on 17/01/2018, 23:18
fedex-trade-networks-to-include-ecommerce-and-specialty-logisticsMEMPHIS, January 16, 2018. FedEx Corporation is combining its specialty logistics and e-commerce solutions in a new organization under its FedEx Trade...
Written on 17/01/2018, 22:25
singapore-and-kuehne-nagel-to-invest-in-advanced-logistics-technologySINGAPORE/SCHINDELLEGI, Switzerland: January 15, 2018. Singapore sovereign investor Temasek has signed an MoU with Kuehne + Nagel to invest in early stage...
Written on 16/01/2018, 22:59
freightweek-news-update-week-03-2018LANGHORNE, PA: January 19, 2018. va-Q-tec, a provider of thermal packaging solutions for temperature controlled transportation, has opened a North...
Written on 13/01/2018, 15:10
freightweek-news-update-week-02-2018HOLZWICKEDE: Germany: January 12, 2018. The Rhenus Group has acquired Brazilian import broker Pirâmide SeaAir Comércio Exterior with offices in São...
Written on 10/01/2018, 23:01
fedex-opens-new-shanghai-hubHONG KONG, January 8, 2018. Federal Express has officially opened its 134,000 sq.mt. cargo hub at Shanghai Pudong International Airport to support 66...
Written on 10/01/2018, 22:55
dp-world-to-continue-us-1-billion-annual-investmentsDUBAI: January 08, 2018. DP World invested US$1 billion in global trade services, supply chain diversification and smart technology last year. The...
Written on 09/01/2018, 23:18
turkish-airlines-adds-to-b777-freighter-fleetSEATTLE: January 08, 2017. Turkish Airlines has ordered three more B777 freighters with a list price of approximately US$300 million each. The new order...
Written on 09/01/2018, 22:41
brussels-reports-best-traffic-in-a-decadeBRUSSELS: January 08, 2018. Brussels Airport finished 2017 with an 8.3 percent increase in air cargo traffic compared to 2016 with a total of 535,634 tons...
Written on 05/01/2018, 18:46
dunkerque-added-to-central-america-reefer-serviceCURACAO: January 04, 2018. Specialist reefer and bulk cargo carrier StreamLines has begun a new weekly service linking Central America, the Caribbean,...
Written on 04/01/2018, 22:29
swisslog-provides-automated-pharma-facility-for-kuehne-nagelBUCHS, Switzerland: January 03, 2018. Swisslog, a specialist in warehouse automation and robotics, is implementing a 'high-bay' warehouse at Möhlin in the...
Written on 03/01/2018, 23:56
block-train-helps-maersk-line-expand-in-nepalMUMBAI: January 03, 2018. Responding to a Nepalese import market that has doubled in the past five years, Maersk Line says it wants to increase its block...
Written on 02/01/2018, 18:27
freightweek-news-update-week-01-2018DOHA: January 07, 2018: Qatar Airways Cargo operated 14 B777 freighter flights to carry 1,400 tonnes of cherries from Santiago, Chile via Doha to Shanghai...
Written on 30/12/2017, 20:41
freightweek-news-update-week-52DUBAI: December 30, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo reports carrying 2.5 million tonnes of airfreight in 2017 and a 38 percent growth in pharmaceutical traffic...
Written on 18/12/2017, 17:30
freightweek-news-update-week-51AMSTERDAM: December 22, 2017. Hutchison Ports has acquired a 50 percent stake in TMA Logistics, with three locations in Amsterdam and one in Antwerp as...
Written on 15/12/2017, 22:46
tx-logistik-buys-40-bombardier-locomotivesTROISDORF, Germany: December 14, 2017. Italian rail company TX Logistik has signed a purchase and maintenance contract with Bombardier Transportation for...
Written on 15/12/2017, 21:57
turkish-airlines-signs-airport-transfer-dealISTANBUL: December 14, 2017. Turkish Airlines has signed a consulting contract with Munich Airport International (MIA) to help facilitate the transfer of...
Written on 15/12/2017, 19:59
xeneta-to-add-air-to-ocean-rate-platform-in-2018OSLO: December 14, 2017. Ocean rate platform Xeneta is adding air cargo rates to a product suite that it says will "bring fresh levels of transparency to...
Written on 15/12/2017, 17:34
cargolux-gets-the-measure-of-wind-farmsLUXEMBOURG: December 15, 2017. Cargolux and Globaltrans Internationale Logistik have delivered two wind measuring buoys for two 2.8GW capacity wind...

- powered by Quickchilli.com -