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UAE in tanker clampdown

The Federal Transport Authority in the United Arab Emirates has issued a circular stating that from this week all foreign flagged tankers carrying crude and products into the country must be less than 25 years old.

Furthermore, tankers coming into UAE waters must be double hulled and classed by members of the International Association of Classification Societies (lACS) or local class society TASNEEF.

UAE authorities have been clamping down on substandard operators in the past 12 months after the country received a lot of negative press for allowing many questionable owners to jettison their ships there.

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.
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