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Captain to be grilled over UAE ship collision

Ahmed Shaaban /Fujairah
Filed on February 18, 2020
UAE ship collision, Fujairah

(File photo)

The polluted beaches would need up to Dh14million to be cleaned up.

The Fujairah Misdemeanour Court has ordered interrogation of one of the two foreign captains involved in a two-ship collision that caused massive oil spill and polluted the beaches of Fujairah and Kalba city in the Oman Gulf. The polluted beaches would need up to Dh14million to be cleaned up.

The court has also ordered hearing of the eye-witnesses who were staying close to the port when the two ships rammed into each other back in October last year.

Court records show that the two ships collided off Fujairah seas following which huge amounts of diesel spilled into the waters and spread to the beaches of Fujairah and Kalba - extending to a total area of 3km along the shores. The leakage has also led to an obnoxious odour and affected fishing activities.

The two ships have been seized until the end of probe, while the captains were referred to court for legal action.

The defence lawyer requested the court to release the ship of her client as the forensic report has already been submitted.

“The seizure order has caused a big loss to my client,” she told the court, which rejected her request and upheld the custody ruling.

The court ordered adjournment of the case to a later date for more hearing sessions.


Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.

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