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UAE blacklists local owner over crew abandonment

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken action against another shipowner with a history of abandoning crews.

The locally based Venous Ships Management & Operation has been banned from operating in UAE waters, the Federal Transport Authority stated in a note seen by Splash, because of the company’s repeated offences of ditching ships and crews.

Splash first reported on Fujairah-based Venous in October 2016, detailing the plight of the crew on four abandoned aframaxes in the UAE.

The UAE became an infamous destination for abandoning crew in recent years, prompting local authorities to step in and take firm action against a number of owners.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Good to see some action against such unscrupulous owners and operators, but barely enough.
    We need to see cohesive deterrents on a global scale, massive fines, exclusion from the industry and even the threat of imprisonment on a personal level.

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