Supply vessels prohibited from carrying, transporting & trading oil products

16 May 2024 / United Arab Emirates

The Maritime Administration has decided the following:

  1. It is strictly prohibited for supply vessels (supply boats) of all sizes and types to carry, transport or trade oil products in the waters and ports of the UAE, including the exclusive economic zones, regardless of the quantity of these products.

  2. UAE flagged vessels will be deleted from the registry and foreign flag licenses will be cancelled if found carrying, transporting and trading oil products and will be banned from UAE waters and ports and the companies involved will be barred from the services of registration/licensing of ships in the UAE.

  3. The adoption of the precures by this Maritime Administration shall not prevent in applying other measures stipulated in UAE Federal Law No.(14) of 2017 regarding the trading of petroleum products or the imposing of penalty or any other measures as per the local and federal legislations.

  4. UAE flag and foreign flag offshore supply/support vessels (OSV) engaged for transporting of oil products to oil fields in UAE are excluded from this circular and this is subject to the following conditions:
    (a) The vessel must hold a navigational license issued by this Maritime Administration that explicitly allows it to transport oil products.
    (b) The vessel must be classified by one of the members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) or (Tasneef).
    (c) The vessel must have an international certificate for the prevention of oil pollution in accordance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78).

(For information about operations in the United Arab Emirates, contact the respective GAC office at [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected])

Source: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure Circular No.(5) o 2024 dated 16 May 2024

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