Ship Caught Illegally Dumping at Poti Sea Port

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On May 24, a Liberian ship was caught illegally dumping waste at a Sea port and detained by the port officials.

What happened?

The Liberian flagged vessel was illegally caught dumping farm-fecal waste into the Poti Sea Port. The port’s Environmental Supervision Department detained the vessel on charges of polluting the Georgian territorial waters of the Black Sea off of Poti.

Vessel detained

The ship was detained by staff from the Black Sea Protection Convention Inspectorate under the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture together with representatives of the Border Police.

The ship is being held on charges of polluting the Georgian territorial waters. The ship’s captain has been fined GEL 65,000 for environmental pollution. After payment of the fine the vessel will be allowed to sail unrestricted.

Potli Sea Port

Poti Sea Port is the largest port in Georgia and handles liquid and dry bulk, ferries as well as containers and is equipped with 15 berths and more than 20 quay cranes. The port currently serves as the European gateway for International trade in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and is ideally located to become a future hub for Central Asia trade.

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Source: Georgia Today

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