An oil slick was spotted on January 25 on the beaches of Aqqah, Fujairah, a home to renowned beach resorts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), satellite imagery provided by Tanker Trackers, a pro-bono website that monitors the flow of oil at sea, shows.The oil is believed to have been spilled during a ship-to-ship transfer, according to the co-founder of Tanker Trackers, Samir Madani.These ship-to-ship transfers are necessary due to the shallowness of certain parts of the Persian and Oman Gulfs, hence two smaller tankers are sent to load up oil to a very large crude carrier, which needs at least 22 meters of depth.As a VLCC is much higher than the tanker feeding it, the discrepancy can lead to spilling of oil.It appears that the oil transfers often result in spills in the region, which are not that known to the public, and often neglected by the authorities.Namely, on January 11 another oil spill was reported by Tanker Trackers off Basrah, Iraq.Basrah, Iraq – February 2nd, 2018, 29.63° N, 48.72° E #OOTT pic.twitter.com/9jJIpp2jGI— TankerTrackers.com???? (@TankerTrackers) February 3, 2018A ship-to-ship transfer, which took place on January 11, is believed to have been the source of the spill.The spill, which spread over a distance of at least 11 kilometers in the following days drifting closer to shore, was reported to the Ministry of Oil of Iraq and the Port of Basrah.However, the authorities remained unfazed by the occurrence.The good folks at @MarineTraffic were delighted to reconstruct this STS for us. The tanker in the middle is a 334m long VLCC called NAJAF, came in from South Korea and is still in the area, awaiting more oil. Please note that the spill occured a day prior to this video. #OOTT pic.twitter.com/lKVz0A5Oqt— TankerTrackers.com???? (@TankerTrackers) January 17, 2018In UAE on the other hand, the authorities seem to be frustrated by the frequency of these spills, Madani told World Maritime News.In 2005, the Fujairah Port issued an order to tankers to conduct ship-to-ship transfers outside the port area amid common oil slicks that were reaching the port waters.Most of these anchorages where ship-to-ship transfers take place are rocky and pertain to the international waters, which makes it even harder to hold those accountable for damages.Furthermore, as the area is a transit point for many ships it is very difficult to find the source of the spill.Tanker Trackers has made it its mission to help find these sources of spills by utilizing satellite imagery.World Maritime News Staff
Former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin has been sentenced to four years in prison for racketeering and corruption offences.Marin, 86, is the first person to be imprisoned as the result of the U.S. investigation into corruption at world football’s governing body FIFA.He was found to have taken bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to various tournaments, including the Copa America. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Judge Pamela Chen described Marin as “wantonly greedy” in sentencing the former CBF president, who was arrested in Zurich in May 2015.Marin was convicted in a Brooklyn court alongside former CONMEBOL head Juan Angel Napout, who will be sentenced at a later date.Along with the four-year sentence, Marin was ordered to pay a $1.2 million fine and $3.3 million in forfeiture.
Spanish police said on Tuesday they had arrested former Barcelona football club president Sandro Rosell in a money laundering operation.One other person was also arrested and police raided nine offices and homes in the operation in the north eastern region of Catalonia, they said.The arrests form part of an investigation into audiovisual rights sales, a police source said, declining to give further details.Rosell’s lawyers were not available for comment.