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Oil Storage Tanker Threatening To Sink Off Venezuela

PHOTO: FSO Nabarima

PortandTerminal.com, September 1, 2020

A Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) tanker off the coast of Venezuela is taking on water and threatening to sink, according to Eudis Girot, the head of the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela (FUTPV).

In a social media post Sunday, Girot warned that the FSO Nabarima has about 1.3 million barrels of crude oil on board. She in “very poor condition,” he said, and she has about nine feet of water in her lower decks. Gidot appended photos showing flooding in the interior of a large vessel.

María Gabriela Hernández, a member of the opposition National Assembly (AN), said in a press conference last week that the vessel is listing and that crewmembers report no efforts to transfer the cargo to a tanker to minimize risk. 

Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company PDVSA has not yet commented publicly on any developments aboard the FSO Nabarima

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