The United Arab Emirates Federal Transport Authority (FTA) has banned two tankers from entering its waters on the grounds of illegal ship-to-ship oil transfer operations.
The vessels in question are the 1979-built clean product tanker Najdiah and the 2008-built Lady Sara, managed by Global Tankers and represented by Prime Tankers.
According to FTA, the ships carried out illegal ship to ship oil transfer operations in the exclusive economic zone of UAE.
After conducting its investigations, the authority has imposed a fine over the two vessels and banned them from entering UAE waters. What is more, the FTA has warned the companies involved against repeating the actions in order to avoid being banned from operations in the UAE.
According to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic, on April 3, the 4,400 dwt Najdiah was underway off Muscat in the Gulf of Oman, while the data shows that the 6,300 dwt Lady Sara is currently anchored off Sharjah.