The tanker is “stable” and recent flooding of the ship was “addressed and solved," Eni said, adding that it is working with PDVSA next to unload the oil from the Nabarima. Eudis Girot, a Venezuelan oil sector union leader, said the 855-foot (264-meter) ship has had maintenance problems since 2014. After years of neglect, the FSO Nabarima, a rusting hulk full of thick crude, is in a dangerous state of disrepair. Critics of Venezuela’s collapsing state-run oil firm PDVSA say the double-hulled tanker — built in 2005 for ConocoPhillips by South Korea's Samsung — is just one example of the socialist government’s corruption and mismanagement that has bankrupted the nation's petroleum industry that once made Venezuela wealthy. “By God, I hope I am wrong.”. 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"The company will be able to proceed only after approval of its plan by PDVSA (majority shareholder and operator in Petrosucre) and upon formal assurance by the competent U.S. authorities that the mentioned activities bring no sanctions risk either for Eni and its contractors. The tanker arrived at the port of Jose last week to lend 1.9 million barrels of oil for sale in Asia, according to Reuters. The Ndros was a Palau-flagged ship that was scrapped … But U.S. sanctions that ban Americans from doing business with Venezuela could scare off many foreign companies from getting involved. Environmentalist groups sounded the alarm this week over a stricken Venezuelan oil tanker in the Caribbean carrying 1.3 million tons of crude that risks slowly sinking into the … As a union leader, Girot talks frequently with workers for Petrosucre who risk their lives boarding the Nabarima and report back what they see. In a press release, the president of the commission, María Gabriela Hernández Del Castillo, said that the tanker is now tilting more than what the group reported in August, when the head of the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela reported that the vessel had about nine feet of water flooding the lower decks. October 22, 2020 / 7:24 AM The Venezuelan-flagged Nabarima is a 264-meter (866-foot) long ship believed to be almost filled to its capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude — about five times the amount the Exxon Valdez spilled in 1989. A Venezuelan oil tanker has been parked for nearly two years in the Gulf of Paria, carrying approximately 80 million gallons of oil. ", On Monday, environmental group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, which represents 50,000 fishermen in the local industry, pleaded with the Caribbean community to work together to protect the region and people from a possible disaster, emphasizing the need for a "clean, healthy sea.". A potential spill in the shallow inland sea that Venezuela shares with Trinidad & Tobago could damage fragile mangroves, fisheries and bird sanctuaries. SE HUNDE NABARIMA es una plataforma de almacenamiento tiene 1300000 bls de petroleo a bordo a punto de derramarse y causar una terrible catástrofe mundial desde golfo de Paria y el Caribe.Condiciones paupérrimas y profundo deterioro, cubierta inferior y equipos 3 mts bajo agua pic.twitter.com/U5WQZM2GPs. Today it dangerously leans more than 5 degrees on its right side, the executive said. Venezuelan oil minister @TareckPSUV greets captain of Iranian oil tanker Fortune, 1st of 5 Iranian ships delivering crude to Venezuela in face of threats from US warships patrolling the regionThe resistance fights on in time of COVID-19! The Venezuelan-flagged Nabarima is a 264-meter (866-foot) long ship believed to be almost filled to its capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude — about five times the amount the Exxon Valdez spilled in 1989. The tanker flotilla is reportedly carrying about 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela. The US government sanctions both Iran and Venezuela, including their oil industries. If the oil tanker Nabarima were to disintegrate, this would be the fourth major oil spill from Venezuela in the past 3 months alone, and by far the worst. Sophie Lewis is a social media producer and trending writer for CBS News, focusing on space and climate change. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. The vessel has been stranded in the gulf since January 2019. An industry executive, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, said the lack of maintenance appeared to have damaged valves in the ballast system used to stabilize the ship. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Nabarima floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility, operated by the Petrosucre joint venture between Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela and Italy's Eni, is seen tilted in the Paria Gulf, between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, October 16, 2020. “That ship should not be in this shape except for neglect and stupidity,” said Russ Dallen, head of Caracas Capital Markets, who closely tracks Venezuela’s maritime industry. However, anti-government oil workers like Eudis Girot, head of the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela, has launched a campaign seeking to get President Nicolás Maduro to pay attention. Do your own inspection,” Girot said in an online video in recent days. “Nobody’s paying attention to this situation,” Girot said in a phone interview from his base in Barcelona, Venezuela. Venezuela boosted its crude oil exports nearly threefold in November to more than 500,000 barrels per day (bpd), including by hiding the true identity of tankers to avoid detection Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. This is the second recent maritime emergency for Venezuela after a spill at the El Palito refinery last month coated in crude a 9-mile stretch of pristine Caribbean beaches a few hours from the capital of Caracas. ", This week, lawmakers from the Commission of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the Venezuelan National Assembly called on PDVSA and Eni to unload barrels from the vessel "as soon as possible.". He has also posted three photos of what he said is the ship's flooded engine room. "But the consequences could be catastrophic for the entire Caribbean.”. "Their silence is unacceptable and if the vessel overturns, will never be forgiven. Since January 2019, Venezuelan state-owned oil and gas company PdVSA has been designated as subject to US sanctions, with the Treasury Department effectively blocking the company’s property and banning its transactions with American citizens, making it difficult for the nation to find shipowners willing to help to export its crude. PDVSA and Venezuela’s ministry of communications did not immediately respond to emailed requests by AP seeking comment on the Nabarima. Take a helicopter. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The sight of a huge oil tanker that has taken on water and is leaning to one side off a remote stretch of Venezuela's coast has triggered international calls for action. 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", First published on October 21, 2020 / 4:27 PM. The problem is nothing new, but it is growing critical, he said. U.S. Extends Sanctions on Venezuelan Oil Including Six Tankers By The Maritime Executive 01-21-2021 03:01:16 In one of its final actions, the Trump administration extended the … Avoid preventive pain relievers before getting a COVID vaccine: Experts, DHS uses alert system for 1st time in a year to warn of domestic terrorism threat, Gambling Reddit users upended the stock market -- and made millions overnight, Remembering Christina Mauser one year after she died in crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 70-year-old man at-large after allegedly killing 2 duck hunters, JOSHUA GOODMAN and SCOTT SMITH Associated Press, This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows the FSO Nabarima oil tanker off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. "Our cries have gone unanswered and it appears that the Nabarima's situation is worsening daily," the organization wrote on Facebook. Girot said several PDVSA employees reported on October 12 that the tanker was listing by eight percent while the engine room is flooded and water pumps have broken down. Venezuela is one of the world's largest exporters of oil and has the world's largest proven oil reserves at an estimated 296.5 billion barrels (20% of global reserves) as of 2012. The Greek-owned tanker Bella, one of four ships from which the US hijacked oil bound for Venezuela. Shipping tracking data shows that it has also sunk 14.5 meters (47.57 feet), right at the waterline, a sign of excess weight. Adding to concerns, Venezuela's socialist government has said nothing publicly about its plans for the container. A huge coral reef system, already stressed by climate change, could be damaged beyond recovery — eventually leading to a collapse of the entire marine ecosystem. / CBS News. Ian Ralby, the founder of the maritime security firm I.R. ", Hernández said that "no sanctions" could prevent the companies from transferring crude oil, calling it a "cheap excuse. New photos of the vessel show it appearing to tilt heavily on its side — leading to growing concerns of a potential environmental disaster that threatens one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. The vessel is part of a joint venture between Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and Italy's Eni SpA. Palau is asking Venezuela to investigate the vessel that claimed last month to be the Ndros. A map from the website Marine Traffic showed some unidentified ships near Venezuela’s coast Tuesday. But it has fallen inactive with the recent plunge in global energy demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and to U.S. sanctions on Maduro’s government that have scared away potential buyers of the country's heavy crude. 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