A toxic cargo ship from the United Arab Emirates has been found to contain up to 60 tons of industrial chemicals and chemicals that are prohibited under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines.
The Maritime Transport Authority (MTA) of Dubai confirmed that the Al Qusayr-class oil tanker was found in the harbour of Sharjah in the UAE on Monday, the first such discovery since a similar incident in November 2017.
The tanker was carrying the chemical material called polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and polychlorofluoroethane (PCF) and is a major source of industrial pollutants in the Middle East and Africa.
According to the MTA, the tanker was “disposed of in a sanitary manner and the contents were properly disposed of”.
It said that the containers were “considered dangerous and in violation of the regulations of the IMO”.
“As a precautionary measure, the containers are being stored in a safe and secure location,” the MTE said in a statement.
“The MTE has ordered the container to be closed and a sanitizing procedure has been ordered.”
In the UAE, the use of PCBs is not permitted under the country’s environmental laws, the MTF said.PCB is used in the manufacture of plastics, composites and plastics composites.PCBs are also used in industrial processes such as in the production of plastic polystyrene, a substance that is used to make foam, in packaging and in many other manufacturing processes.
The UAE is a member of the Convention on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (CNP).
However, it does not have an effective prohibition against PCBs and other toxic substances.
The CNP requires member states to restrict the export and use of certain toxic substances, and is enforced by the International Chemical Weapons (ICW) Group.
It was not immediately clear if the container had been confiscated.
In January, the UAE government warned its nationals to avoid taking their pets with them on container journeys.
It added that “any container carrying toxic substances must be removed immediately from the ship’s port and transported by sea or air to a port designated by the UAE.”