5. SAFETY & SECURITY OF VESSELS OPERATIONS IN PORT
5.1 - GENERAL SECURITY & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
5.1.1 - Port Safety Requirements
- The Master whilst within a Port must ensure that Port Security, Fire and Safety Requirements are complied with.
- Vessels carrying out operations must complete, sign and comply with an appropriate ship/shore safety or ship to ship transfer checklists.
- Naked fires, steel hammering, welding and other activities that may cause incendiary sparks shall be prohibited, unless authorized by the Harbour Master;
- Goods that may react upon exposure to dampness, rain or sunlight shall be fully protected;
- Any damaged packaging shall be suitably repaired or where this is impossible, the necessary precautionary measure shall be taken;
- All necessary precautions shall be observed to avoid the falling or rolling off of packaged Dangerous Goods into the waters of the port;
- Dangerous Goods shall be properly handled using appropriate equipment and shall in no case, be dragged or rolled.
- Bare or Naked Lights on board any Vessels are prohibited anywhere in the Hazardous Area.
5.1.2 - Operation of Transmitting equipment
- It is not permitted to operate the main transmitting equipment of the Vessel.
- The antennae of the same must be isolated / earthed during cargo operations.
- No repair or test of any electrical equipment including mobile telephones, radio and radar sets and home electrical appliances is permitted in the Hazardous Area, unless permission therefore is expressly obtained from the
- The use of Intrinsically Safe VHF and UHF communication sets with a radiated power of 1 watt or less is allowed.
5.1.3 - Use of Electrical equipment
Electrical equipment including mobile telephones not classed as Intrinsically Safe must not be used in the Hazardous Area. Whilst transiting Hazardous Areas, any such equipment must be switched off (Use of any “safe modes” is not permitted).
5.1.4 - Explosives
All explosives or inflammable stores shall be kept on board in a safe place which shall be tightly closed.
5.1.5 - Fire Fighting Equipment
Fire-fighting equipment, instruments and tools, including main fire pumps and emergency pumps, shall be ready for immediate use. The Vessel’s Master shall be responsible for ensuring that all on board the Vessel are aware of the shore fire-fighting arrangements.
5.1.6 - Fire breakout
If a fire breaks out on board any Vessel, the Master shall immediately send out signals by prolonged sounding of the Vessel’s whistle and continuous ringing of the Vessel’s alarm bell. He shall immediately report the fire breakout to the Harbour Master/Terminal Safety Officer and the Port control by all means available.
5.1.7 - Pollution, Stench or Health Hazard
- Pollution of the environment within Port Limits is strictly prohibited.
- Any discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures is strictly prohibited.
- No discharge into the sea shall contain chemicals or other substances which are hazardous to the marine environment. This specifically includes oil dispersants and allied chemicals.
- No domestic or other garbage shall be dumped into the sea. Vessel’s engineering department will ensure that ‘No Hot Ash’ or other incendive materials are emitted from any source at any time
while within a Port.
- Particular consideration should be given to the storage of garbage that is designated as ‘special waste’, such as batteries, sensors and fluorescent tubes, to ensure that only compatible materials are
- Smoke from the funnels or exhaust gas lines of Vessels is prohibited.
- As per Federal law No. 24/1999 "Discharge of sewage effluent into the marine environment is forbidden except in the following conditions:
- The vessel is discharging treated sewage effluent using equipment recognized by the concerned authorities at four miles from the nearest land.
- The vessel is discharging untreated sewage effluent at more than 12 miles from the nearest land.
- It is prohibited on a Vessel to wash decks or carry out any other work that may cause pollution.
- Vessels shall take all precautions to prevent, soot, garbage incineration, vapours, fumes, dust or steam escaping from a Vessel.
- Petroleum Ports Authority may prohibit the handling of certain substances, which in its opinion might cause a stench or health hazard during handling. The prohibition may refer to one or more specific Ports or to
parts thereof, in which case the Petroleum Ports Authority shall publish a list of the substances and areas so designated.
5.1.8 - Noxious Substances
- No Noxious Substances or materials or goods from any Vessel shall be landed or disposed off within a Port.
- The Harbour Master may order any Vessel carrying Noxious Substances or other goods which are considered by him to be deleterious to health to leave the Port immediately.
- The Harbour Master may order the removal, confiscation or destruction of any other materials or goods which are or have become noxious or which he may deem to be harmful or potentially harmful to health, without
- The cost of removal, confiscation or destruction of the materials or goods, and the cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of the affected area shall be at the expense of the Vessel owners concerned.
5.1.9 - Repairs / Maintenance whilst in Port
- Repair or maintenance activities on board a Vessel are prohibited if: -
- The activity involves Hot Work of any kind including but not limited to the use of naked lights or open fire. Refer to Hot Work definition provided in article 1.1.2.
- The activities cause the Vessel to be immobilized or
- The activities cause or may cause danger, damage or health hazards to the Vessel or other Vessels around it or to the Port.
- Operations for cleaning of the boiler or grinding, chipping, scraping and rubbing of steel that may cause sparks on board a Vessel are not permitted in the Hazardous Area.
- Opening or closing of portholes or outlets, connection or disconnection of pipes, or any other operation that requires metal tools on board a Vessel shall be carried out in a manner that shall avoid the emission of
- In the event of exigencies for repair operations to enable the Vessel to set out to sea, written permission shall be obtained from the Harbour Master prior to carrying out any such work.
- No maintenance activity including painting is allowed whilst a Tanker is alongside any berth.
- The restrictions referred to in paragraph (i) above does not apply if permission has been granted by the Harbour Master for these activities.
5.1.10 - Substances or objects fallen into the water
- If any object or substance is dropped or spilled over-board within a port, including any anchor or associated material, the Vessel’s Master shall immediately report it to the Harbour Master and, after receiving
permission, recover it and/or clean the Port, harbour and/or properties polluted at its expense.
- If the Vessel is unable or unwilling to recover the object or substance, the Harbour Master may recover it or have the Port, works, polluted objects and surroundings cleaned as deemed appropriate at the expense of the
Vessel’s Master/Vessel owner.
- This Article is supplemented by the provisions of Article 5.3 below.
5.1.11 - Vessels in danger
- Where a Vessel within a Port is in danger due to fire, explosion or another cause, or is in distress, the Master shall immediately report to the Harbour Master using all available means including but not limited to sirens
or whistles, she shall also display the appropriate light signals or flags as per International code of signals.
- The Harbour Master may order such a Vessel to move to another place and may if it is operationally possible also order Tugs to take necessary action to move the Vessel. The Vessel’s Master/Vessel owner shall be
responsible for all costs so arising.
- All persons near a Vessel displaying danger signals shall stay well clear and shall observe the instructions issued by the Harbour Master.
- Notwithstanding the above, the Master may take action, including manoeuvring his Vessel, to avert immediate danger posed to his own Vessel by a neighbouring Vessel to which paragraph (i) applies. In such case the
Vessel is deemed to be in a similar position.
5.1.12 - Save All / Rat Guards / Gangways
A Vessel within a Port shall have:
- Suitable save-alls to prevent operational spills
- Rat guards fitted to all mooring ropes and wires; and
- Properly rigged gangways for personnel transfer.
5.1.13 - Decks and gangways
- The decks and gangways of a Vessel shall be free of slippery or oily materials.
- The gangway shall also be provided with guardrails on both sides and a properly rigged safety net beneath, be properly secured and clearly lit at night.
5.1.14 - Fencing of openings on deck
The coaming of any open manhole, opening or open hatch less than 50 centimetres in height above the deck shall be fenced around to a height of one meter and closed when not in use.
5.1.15 - Safety of loading and unloading
The Harbour Master may prohibit loading and unloading of Cargo for reasons of safety and order, if it is deemed dangerous and/or a threat to life, property or environment. He may alternately order loading or unloading to be stopped immediately if he deems it necessary for operational reasons.
5.1.16 - Bunkering
- In this Article, bunkering means the transfer of Bunkers from a bunker vessel or from a bunkering truck or berth manifold to a Vessel.
- The Masters of Vessels and operators of trucks / terminals involved in bunkering shall ensure that bunkering shall only take place after notification to and approval from the Harbour Master of the intention to bunker. at least
24 hours in advance of proposed bunkering, the Master of a Vessel to be bunkered must inform the Harbour Master of such, stating the place, type and quantity of Bunkers to be transferred and the probable time that
bunkering will begin and end.
- The Master or his representative shall be on board at the time when a Vessel is taking on Bunkers and shall be responsible for ensuring that all international/national requirements for conducting such operation are observed
and all reasonable safety precautions taken.
- The Master of a Vessel or terminal operator or/and the driver of a truck involved in bunkering shall ensure that the conditions of paragraphs (ii) & (iii) along with their company requirements for bunkering are fully complied
with during the entire bunkering process.
- If the Master of a Vessel or terminal operator or/and the driver of a truck involved in bunkering cannot ensure the fulfilment of the conditions of paragraphs (ii) & (iii) respectively, he shall cease bunkering immediately
- The Petroleum Ports Authority may from time to time establish further rules with respect to bunkering within the limits and purposes of this Regulation.
5.1.17 - Discharge of waste
No refuse of any kind shall be discharged overboard or into the installations of the Port.
5.2 - CARGO OPERATIONS
5.2.1 - Naval Vessels
The provisions of this part shall not apply to a naval vessel carrying Dangerous Goods for its own use, provided it is not loading or unloading such goods and providing that the Dangerous Goods do not pose a danger or potential danger to the Port.
5.2.2 - Display of appropriate signals
The Master of a Vessel carrying Dangerous Cargo or Dangerous Goods within a Port shall ensure that the international signals indicating loading or unloading of Dangerous Goods are displayed as required.
5.2.3 - Preparations on board vessels
The Master of a Vessel shall ensure that before commencing loading or unloading of Cargo all necessary preparations for loading and unloading haven been taken such as:
- Preparation of all necessary equipment
- Verifications of the atmospheres of tanks, holds and other cargo spaces.
5.2.4 - Vessel Fire Plans, Loading / Discharging Plans and Stowage Plans,
The Master of a Vessel shall ensure that an appropriate loading/discharging plan and stowage plan is prepared and available for scrutiny along with the Vessels’ fire plans close to the point of access to shore.
5.2.5 - Stopping of cargo operations in case of fire
All loading or unloading operations shall be discontinued immediately upon any outbreak of fire and the Vessel prepared for immediate disconnection of cargo arms or hoses.
5.2.6 - Fumigation of vessels
The Master of a Vessel shall not carry out fumigation unless prior permission has been obtained from the Harbour Master.
Vessels that have been previously fumigated shall provide a declaration to the Harbour Master stating that all areas are free of fumigants.
5.2.7 - Application of the IMDG code
The Master and owner of a Vessel and the owner of the Cargo shall jointly and severally ensure that the Dangerous and Noxious Goods and substances on board the Vessel:
- Are packed and stowed according to the requirements as set out in the IMDG-code.
- The Harbour Master may in special circumstances permit a deviation from the requirements of this Article.
- The Petroleum Ports Authority may establish a limit on the quantity of Dangerous Goods in packaged form allowed on a Vessel in Port or on one or more berths in Port.
- The quantities allowed may differ according to the type of Vessel, type of tank, type of package, the size of the package, the nature of the substances or groups of substances and the berth or part of the Port.
- The master of a Vessel shall not reside with his Vessel in Port, in a part of the Port or on a berth if the quantity of Dangerous Goods on board exceeds any limit set as per paragraph (i).
- The Harbour Master may designate a specific berth for a Vessel loaded with or to be loaded with Dangerous Goods or Noxious Substances.
- The Harbour Master may in special circumstances grant exemption from paragraph i to a Vessel for a specific berth and for a short period as specified in that exemption.
5.2.8 - Leakage
All pipes and other equipment shall be free from any leakage and shall be kept under constant supervision. Any leakage or spillage shall be immediately reported to the Harbour Master
5.2.9 - Scuppers
All deck scuppers on any Vessel within a Port shall be tightly sealed and no leakage or spillage of oil on board shall be allowed to drain overboard.
5.2.10 - Sparks from funnels
The Master of a Vessel shall be responsible for ensuring that all appropriate measures have been taken to prevent the emission of sparks from funnels. The Harbour Master may take appropriate action against any vessel not complying with this requirement.
5.2.11 - Use of cooking equipment
Cooking and the use of cooking equipment are not permitted in the Hazardous Area at any time.
5.2.12 - Responsibilities
The Master and/or Vessel owner and/or charterer shall be responsible for any and all breaches of Articles 5.1.7 and Articles 5.2.8-5.2.11 and shall be responsible for cleaning the leakage, spillage, discharge, emission and for all costs for so doing.
The Petroleum Ports Authority and/or Harbour Master may refuse to permit a Vessel to sail until such cleaning has been undertaken or until the costs/anticipated costs of such cleaning have been paid. Without prejudice to the foregoing, the Petroleum Ports Authority and/or Harbour Master may permit a Vessel to sail upon receipt of a suitable and acceptable P&I Club Letter of Undertaking or bank guarantee to cover all costs arising out of or in connection with the aforesaid cleaning. Any delay in the Vessel sailing as a consequence of failing to provide security in a form acceptable to the Petroleum Ports Authority/Harbour Master will result in charges for detention, as set out in Article 3.2.5(iv), being incurred.
5.2.13 - Lightning Storms & Gas Accumulation
- Loading, discharging, ballasting, de ballasting, gas freeing and tank cleaning operations shall be stopped during lightning storms if the Master or Chief Officer or the Harbour Master / Terminal Superintendent orders.
- In such cases, all tank openings, loading valves, gas line ascending tube valves, mast riser and vents shall be closed, ensuring that a pressure build-up in the tanks does not occur.
- In the event of leakage or abnormal gas accumulation, cargo operations shall be stopped or the cargo transfer rates shall be reduced if the Officer in Charge on board or the Harbour Master/Terminal Superintendent so
5.2.14 - No Smoking
- It is prohibited to smoke within the Ports except as specifically permitted by the Petroleum Ports Authority in designated areas for the purpose.
- Smoking on board a Vessel at a berth may be allowed in spaces specifically designed for this purpose.
- The Vessel’s Master is responsible for nominating and clearly marking the designated smoking areas in consultation with the manager of the terminal or with his representative.
- The latest ISGOTT guidelines must be followed whilst designating such spaces.
- The Harbour Master /Terminal Superintendent may, however, prohibit smoking within the designated areas if in their opinion the circumstances so necessitate.
5.2.15 - Ship to Ship Transfer (“STS”) within Petroleum Ports
- STS operations are not permitted within the Petroleum Port, unless they are a business need of any ADNOC Group company
- Any ADNOC Group company planning to conduct any such STS operation shall send a formal request to PPA not less than 3 months in advance.
- Any ADNOC Group company must provide with any STS requests an operational risk assessment and a detailed site specific contingency plan. This must cover the potential incidents identified by (OCIMF-STS), and any
additional risks that might be identified by the Operational Risk Assessment.
- Petroleum Ports Authority’s STS Guidelines lay out the requirements for STS operations within Petroleum Ports and are available on Petroleum Ports Authority’s website.
5.2.16 - Transfer / Transhipment of dangerous goods in bulk
The Master of a Vessel involved in the transfer or transhipment of Dangerous Goods or Dangerous Cargo shall ensure that:
- Before, during and after the transfer or transhipment of one or more Dangerous Goods/Cargo between his Vessel and a terminal or between his Vessel and another Vessel, the requirements incorporated in the Vessel/shore
safety checklist issued by the Terminal in question, or in the case of a ship to ship transfer by the OPCO conducting the operation, are fully complied with.
- No tank cleaning is carried out concurrent with Cargo loading / discharging of any bulk Dangerous Goods/Cargo.
- No more than one Vessel is berthed alongside his Vessel on the side of the Vessel designated by the Harbour Master.
- No Vessel shall berth alongside the cargo area of his Vessel, unless the Vessel is specifically equipped for the transport of the Dangerous Goods/Cargo intended to be handled and is provided with a national or an
international document to this effect.
- The Harbour Master is notified immediately prior to commencement of transfer operations.
5.2.17 - Specific requirements - Transfer / Transhipment of Oil / Chemical / Liquefied Gas Cargoes
Without prejudice to the requirements of Article 5.2.15:
- Vessels engaged in ship to ship transfers of petroleum or chemicals or liquefied Gases shall comply with all the requirements set out in the latest edition of the Ship to Ship Transfer Guide for Petroleum, Chemicals and
- Vessels engaged in the transfer of crude oil and petroleum products shall comply with all the requirements set out in the latest edition of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT).
- Vessels engaged in the transfer of bulk chemical cargoes shall comply with all the requirements set out in the latest edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals).
- Vessels engaged in the transfer of liquefied gas shall comply with all the requirements set out in the latest edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Liquified Gas).
5.2.18 - Cleaning of cargo holds / tanks / bunker spaces
Cleaning, purging, or gas freeing of cargo or bunker spaces shall be prohibited without prior permission from the Harbour Master of the relevant Port. If such permission is granted, it will be on the basis of conditions imposed on the Master by the Harbour Master and the Master shall fully comply with such conditions.
5.2.19 - Crude Oil Washing Operations (COW)
- If a Vessel discharging crude oil at any of the Ports intends to carry out Crude Oil Washing, the Vessel’s Master must send a request for the same at least 24 hours prior arrival in the Port, to the relevant terminal with
a copy to the Harbour Master of the respective Port.
- If a terminal accepts such a request, the concerned terminal and the Vessel shall ensure that COW is conducted subject to the following conditions;
- An approved Crude Oil Washing Operations and Equipment Manual is available and being utilized.
- The crude oil being utilized for COW is not listed in the Crude Oil Washing Operations and Equipment Manual as being not suitable for COW.
- Records indicate that COW system was pressure tested prior to use and that there is no indication of cargo oil leakage or malfunction within the COW system.
- The person overall in charge of COW operations is suitably qualified.
- The COW operation is carried out in accordance with a Crude Oil Washing operation plan.
- The oxygen content of the Inert Gas being supplied does not exceed 5% by Volume.
- There is no malfunction or stoppage of the inert gas system.
- Communication between the cargo control room, the Vessel's main deck and the terminal control room is maintained at all times.
5.2.20 - Cleaning of cargo spaces other than COW
- For Tankers, ISGOTT requirements for tank cleaning must be complied with
- Adequate materials and equipment shall be used, complying with relevant safety standards
- The cleaning shall be effected in accordance with the relevant safety standards and
- No other Vessel shall berth alongside during the COW operation unless that Vessel is permitted by the Harbour Master for the purposes of receiving the washings.
5.2.21 - Tank Cleaning /COW - Notifications
- Before the start of COW or tank cleaning, the following information must be sent to the Harbour Master at least 24 hours in advance:
- Name and call sign of the Vessel
- Nationality and home port of the Vessel
- Full style address of Agent, Vessel owner and charterer of the Vessel the intended date and time of the cleaning;
- the intended place of the cleaning in Port
- the spaces of the Vessel which are intended to be cleaned
- the chemical or technical names of the substances which the spaces intended to be cleaned contain or have last contained
- the intended method of cleaning to be applied.
- The Harbour Master may restrict or prohibit the COW and/or tank cleaning if in his judgment due to prevailing conditions or circumstances it is not safe to proceed with such operation.
5.2.22 - Emergency Towing Off / Fire Wires
- All Vessels shall have either a manufacturer certified steel fire wire or a manufacturer certified fire resistant tow-off pendant, hanging from the bow and stern of the Vessel onto the seaward side to enable Tugs to effect immediate connection with the Vessel in the event of fire or other emergencies.
- The specifications of the steel fire wire or tow-off pendant shall be as defined by the OCIMF Mooring and Equipment Guidelines in force at the relevant time.
- The use of steel fire wires and/or tow-off pendants shall be supervised by the Vessel’s crew at all times during their use to ensure that the eye of the aforesaid steel fire wires and/or tow-off pendants is maintained at a height of 1 meter above the water level at all times.
5.3 - BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS
5.3.1 - General:
Visual Monitoring of Ballast Discharge is mandatory. In this regard:
- All ballast discharge shall be via the high overboard discharge line if fitted. Vessels not so fitted may instead use their normal discharge line provided that the surface of the ballast water has been examined immediately prior to the discharge to ensure that no contamination with oil has taken place. This rule applies to all ballast. For vessels whose ballast tanks are inerted, the examination may be by visual inspection of a sample drawn from each tank
- Deballasting by gravity is not permitted under any circumstances.
- This inspection shall be carried out jointly by the Vessel’s Cargo Officer and the Duty Harbor Pilot.
- A crewmember shall be stationed on deck to sight the overboard discharge. Particular vigilance shall be exercised at any time that a change in operation takes place, e.g., starting of stripping pumps or eductors, change of
tanks, commencement of loading, etc.
- At night, the ballast discharge and the sea area in the vicinity shall be adequately illuminated.
- At pier berths, all ballast shall, if physically possible, be discharged from the offshore side of the ship
The Petroleum Ports Authority recognizes the provisions of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM convention) as adopted by IMO on 13th February 2004 and gives full effect to ROPME requirements for Ballast Water Management for the ROPME Sea Area as issued by the IMO on 2nd February 2009, vide MEPC 59/INF.3
N.B. The BWM Convention will enter into force internationally on 8 September 2017. This convention recognizes two standards - Regulation D-1 Ballast Water Exchange Standard and Regulation D-2 Ballast Water Performance Standard. Vessels will be required to comply with the BWM Convention.
5.3.2 - Scope of application:
This section shall apply to all Vessels calling at any of the Petroleum Ports. for any purpose; of GRT 400 tons and above, with sea water ballast on board originated from outside the ROPME sea area (RSA).
Note: Vessels below GRT 400 tons, with sea water ballast on board originating from outside the ROPME sea area (RSA) shall endeavour to exchange ballast water prior to entering into UAE waters as far as practically possible.
5.3.3 - Enforcement of Ballast Water Management Convention
- Vessels intending to discharge ballast water in any of the Ports, shall only do so taking the provisions of the BWM convention into consideration.
- Until the BWM convention is enforced, the Petroleum Ports Authority requires Vessels arriving in a Port to:
- Produce an international ballast water management certificate, issued by the flag state or a Petroleum Ports Authority recognized by the Flag State.
- Have on board an approved ballast water management plan in accordance with IMO guidelines.
- Have a ballast water record book giving details of when, where and quantity of ballast water taken on board, discharged, exchanged, circulated or treated for ballast water management purpose.
- Complete and submit a ballast water management reporting form (available on PPA website), to the Harbour Master/the Petroleum Ports Authority, 72 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival.
- The Petroleum Ports Authority reserves the right to randomly take and tests samples of ballast water upon vessel’s arrival to verify the contents of the ballast water on board.
- Vessels may not be allowed to discharge ballast water until it is verified that it does not present a threat of harm to human health, the environment, the property or resources in the Port.
- Ballast Water pumping records on board may be verified by the Petroleum Ports Authority’s representative upon the Vessel’s arrival.
5.3.4 - Exemptions
The following Vessels are exempted from the requirements of this section:
- Navy, CICPA, and other government vessels.
- Vessels trading exclusively within waters of the RSA.
- Vessels with permanent sea water ballast in sealed tanks which are not required to be discharged in the Port.
5.3.5 - Exceptions
Other than for Vessels arriving from zones affected by cholera or outbreak of similar contagious epidemics, the Petroleum Ports Authority may grant exceptions to Vessels from the requirements of this Article in the following circumstances:
- In the event of an accidental discharge of sea water ballast and sediments resulting from damage to a Vessel or its equipment, provided that all reasonable precautions have been taken for the purpose of preventing or
minimizing the discharge.
- In the event of emergencies when the discharge of sea water ballast and/or sediments is necessary for saving lives at sea, the health of those on board or for the safety of the Vessel.
5.3.6 - Reception Facility
Except in emergency cases, the Petroleum Ports Authority does not currently offer a reception facility for discharge of sea water ballast or sediments.
5.3.7 - Violations
Vessels that arrive at any of the Ports and are found to be in violation of the above requirements, may be denied entry into the Port, be prohibited from discharging ballast or become subject to the appropriate proceedings and sanctions under the laws of the UAE, including, applied fines or detention and shall be reported to its flag administration.
5.3.8 - Compensation
No compensation or demurrage shall be payable for delays incurred as a result of extended investigation of ballast water contents on board, or for a Vessel being not in compliance with the above requirements.
5.3.9 - More stringent requirements
The Petroleum Ports Authority may under special circumstances, e.g. increased risk of introduction of alien species, impose more stringent requirements than those laid down within this section.
5.3.10 - Reporting oil spills
As soon as a Master becomes aware of an oil spill or oil pollution, he shall notify the Terminal Representative, Harbour Master, Pilot on duty or Port Control. Masters of Vessels causing a pollution incident shall immediately make the necessary arrangements to notify the concerned government agency in accordance with the requirements of MARPOL 73/78.
Masters are advised that any pollution incident involving a Vessel which occurs while the Vessel is located within a Port will subject the Vessel, its Master, owners, operators, charterers and Agents to penalties imposed by the Government and Courts of the U.A.E In the event that a Vessel is determined to be the source of such pollution, the Master or the Vessel’s Agent will be served with a Letter of Protest and will be required to provide the Petroleum Ports Authority or Harbour Master with a Statement of Facts describing the incident. A bank guarantee acceptable to the Petroleum Ports Authority or, in their sole discretion, a Protection & Indemnity (P&I) Club Letter of Undertaking in a form acceptable to the Petroleum Ports Authority will be required by way of security and a failure to provide security promptly may result in the Vessel being detained pursuant to an order from the Abu Dhabi Courts or other competent authority. Costs reimbursable for pollution include but are not limited to the following: -
- Investigation costs including aerial surveillance and satellite data;
- Charges resulting from delays at berth necessary to investigate and correct the cause of the pollution.
- Boats, materials and other equipment used for oil spill cleanup.
- Manpower resources.
- Samples analyses.
- Oil waste treatment costs.
- The costs of providing exceptional marine assistance to unberth and re-berth vessels.
- Cost of berth unavailability due to pollution damage.
- Corporate overhead not otherwise included in the applicable rates charged for other expenses.