SCI’s tanker Desh Shanti accused of intentional dumping of the oil off Bahrain
BAHRAIN is on high alert following a massive oil spill in the Arabian Gulf, which was deliberately caused by an Indian ship, reported Gulf Daily News. Desh Shanti was caught dumping oil near Iranian waters on Aug 6 13 after ignoring official communications from concerned authorities. The spill caused an oil slick of around 10 miles, according to the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre (MEMAC).
Bahrain is monitoring the situation after it received a satellite view of the oil slick and could increase safety measures depending on an investigation, said Supreme Council for Environment pollution control.
Meanwhile, authorities are looking to punish the owners of the ship for disregarding international environmental laws and regulations. Iran could fine the ship up to $1 million, but MEMAC is pushing other countries, including Bahrain, to take legal action as well.
According to Bahrain authorities, the ship's name has been added to the black list of the International Marine Organisation (IMO), they contacted the Indian government and owner of the ship to inform them of the violations.