Monjasa named as Dubai oil spill responder
The company will oversee anchorages and offshore waters
The Dubai Maritime City Authority has approved Monjasa as the dedicated Oil Spill Responder (OSR) for Tier two and three spills in Dubai’s anchorages and offshore waters.
As part of its obligations, Monjasa, a global supplier for offshore marine fuel oil, is required to keep a vessel on standby 24/7 for immediate response to major spills.
It will also be on call to support port spill response and incidences of major spills in other emirates.
The bunker supplier ship has a storage capacity of 3,000 tons and is to be outfitted with high capacity collection oil skimmers and an additional 20,000 tons of back-up storage. The OSR contracted services, which will take place over the next six months, have been developed as a public-private partnership in consultation with Dubai’s bunker and STS services provider including Shell, FenderCare, and SPT.
Amer Ali, executive director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “We are delighted to sign an agreement with a leading international company such as Monjasa to promote effective and immediate response to oil spills within Dubai’s regional waters.
This step is of great importance as it supports the DMCA’s and the UAE’s efforts to manage maritime operations based on the highest standards of maritime safety.”
Ali added: “We are committed to establishing effective regional and international partnerships to align Dubai’s policies, systems and procedures with best international practices. We are confident that the new agreement with Monjasa will greatly contribute to our efforts to offer the highest levels of maritime safety and environment security through effective response to potential offshore oil spills.
We look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with leading regional and international partners in line with our objective to promote the competitiveness of the local maritime cluster components and build an integrated, secure and safe maritime environment."
The OSR is a not-for-profit subsidiary of Monjasa and is established solely to mitigate damages to the environment in the event of a major oil spill. The ship will also respond swiftly to vessels in need of rapid cargo transfers due to accidents and damage.