Court orders arrest of White Whale owner

The Umm Al Quwain Criminal Court has ordered to arrest and bring to court the Arab owner of the ship, White Whale, A.F.A., after he failed to appear in the court consecutively for five times.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 26 Sep 2012, 9:46 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:41 AM

The Public Prosecution raised five charges against the ship owner. The court adjourned the case to another date, based on a request made by the female lawyer of the Ministry of Environment and Water in order to reach a settlement with the ship owner. The hearing was held a couple of days ago.

However, the ship captain, who is the second accused in the case, appeared in court.

According to UAE law, the owner of a ship, which causes any environmental pollution or risks, shall bear all expenses for recovery of the ship.

The 43-metre-long Iranian supply ship sank 11 nautical miles off the Umm Al Quwain Coast last October. It lay 35 metres deep in the sea, laden with over 1,000 tonnes of diesel.

On November 16, 2011, expert divers had blocked leaking notch and stopped diesel fuel pouring out of the engine room as part of a three-phase retrieval plan. Though the leak was small, the diesel spill had spread over half a mile in diameter, 2,500 degrees east of the ship, due to the rough seas and unstable weather.

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