The recent oil spill off the Port of Fujairah was not the result of a ship-to-ship transfer, Managing Director of the Port, Capt. Mousa Morad told World Maritime News.
According to Morad, the oil spill occurred during the voyage of ships in international waters.
“Fujairah is facing this type of incident from time to time. We are contacting the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to find a solution for this,” the statement reads.
To remind, an oil slick was spotted on January 25 on the beaches of Aqqah, Fujairah, by Tanker Trackers, a pro-bono website that monitors the flow of oil at sea.
The co-founder of Tanker Trackers Samir Madani said that the oil spill was most likely the result of a ship-to-ship transfer.
In 2005, the Fujairah Port issued an order to tankers to conduct ship-to-ship transfers outside the port area amid common oil slicks that were reaching the port waters.
World Maritime News Staff