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Container ship dumped waste water into port
The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) demanded the Jordanian Maritime Commission (JMC) to detain the 'MSC Lana II' for dumping a yellow substance in the Gulf of Aqaba, pending investigations to assess the ecological damage and calculate the required compensation before leaving the port. In a statement on March 12, 2023, ASEZA received a tip off from its operations and control room on March 12 at 2 a.m., stating that yellow-coloured materials were dumped in the sea water by the vessel, which had been berthed at the container terminal. The ASEZA ecological team moved immediately to follow up on the incident. A joint technical inspection team comprised of ASEZA, JMC, and the Naval Force reported that the vessel, upon its departure from the port, dumped waste water from a tank. At the beginning of investigation, the captain denied that the substance was dumped from the vessel, which was contrary to evidence provided by the joint technical inspection team. After confronting the captain with evidence, he admitted that the chief engineer made an error by opening the valve on the tank pump, which led to discharging waste water in the sea. As a quick measure, the ASEZA sent a letter to JMC to detain the vessel in accordance with the rules in force. In addition, a meeting was held on March 12 bythe ASEZA Environmental Damage Assessment Committee to identify the quantity of the pollutant material to calculate the ecological financial compensation for the incident, according to instructions. The case was referred to the public prosecutor and in the event that the vessel left Aqaba port as a matter of urgency, it will would allowed to leave after depositing a financial guarantee decided by the ASEZA to cover all financial claims resulting from the incident as a compensation for environmental damages. The ship left the port on March 11, headed to King Abdullah Port with an ETA as of March 14.
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