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Friday, September 21, 2018

CRIMINALIZATION OF ACCIDENTS

A New environmental law enters the UAE (United Arab Emirate) statute books, and includes a maximum sentence of death for 'extreme' offences, such as dumping of nuclear waste in UAE waters, and fines of up to $2.7M for lesser offences.

Stringent restrictions, both on land and at sea, have been introduced, 18 concerning requirements for ships carrying oil and hazardous materials, and 28 detailing the potential penalties. Depending on tonnage, it is now mandatory for foreign ships entering UAE ports to be equipped with oily water separators, and the discharge of oil and ballast is prohibited in territorial waters. This enactment comes eight days after the small tanker Al Jazya 1 sank off Abu Dhabi, causing significant pollution.