Fire damages Thai cargo vessel at Jeddah Port

Updated 13 September 2013
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Fire damages Thai cargo vessel at Jeddah Port

A fire erupted in a Thai cargo vessel at the Jeddah Islamic Port Wednesday, but no injuries were reported.
The blaze continued late into the night as Civil Defense firefighters attempted to douse the flames using carbon dioxide to cut off oxygen to the hull.
The ship was registered to Thailand and carrying hardware. It was docked at the port. However, Saher Tahlawi, director general of the port, said the fire is confined only to the ship. No other vessels were damaged and there were no injuries.
“The vessel had arrived from Thailand, and after noticing a fire, rescue teams (started putting it out), but instead of using the water in traditional manner they are using carbon dioxide to prevent the flow of air into vessel to contain the fire,” Tahlawi said.
Tahlawi also said, “that rescue teams didn’t use water as precautionary measure to prevent adding more weight on the ship that can lead to sinking.”
He also said that damage estimates can’t be determined until an investigation is completed.
Civil defense officials couldn’t be reached for the comment.


KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

Updated 19 September 2019

KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

MAKKAH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has been named the winner of the 2019 moderation award.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal made the announcement at a ceremony held on Wednesday in Jeddah.

The award, in its third year, is considered one of the most important in promoting the values of moderation and combating extremism, both internally and externally.

Al-Rabeeah has held 13 positions that contributed to his selection for the award, most notably minister of health, and pediatric surgery consultant, a role in which he performed 47 operations for conjoined twins from 20 countries.

The Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program is a global reference and one of Saudi Arabia’s most distinguished medical humanitarian initiatives worldwide.

In December 1990, Al-Rabeeah hit local and international headlines after making history in the Kingdom by performing complex surgery to separate the first conjoined Saudi twins at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah

The case of the conjoined Malaysian twins Ahmed and Mohammed was particularly demanding. The family of the two children appealed to the Kingdom’s government to conduct the separation operation, and Al-Rabeeah carried out successful surgery lasting 23.5 hours in September 2002, by royal request.

After taking over as general supervisor of KSRelief, Al-Rabeeah oversaw 176 projects in 37 countries, including key areas such as food security, health, water, sanitation, education, women, children, vaccination and shelter.

He also implemented the directives of King Salman, providing various humanitarian and relief programs and building partnerships and community support with other countries.

The center executed 1,050 projects in 44 countries in addition to 225 projects dedicated to women and 224 for children.