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VIDEO: The Next Exxon Valdez Disaster On America’s Doorstep Now?

PortandTerminal.com, October 19, 2020

For nearly two years, the FSO Nabarima, which is carrying about 1.3 million bbls of oil, has sat mostly ignored as it slowly deteriorates into the sea. Calls in the past week to address the impending disaster have grown increasingly frantic.

Pictures and the video at the bottom of this article recently emerged showing the FSO vessel listing badly, raising fears that it could spill its load into the gulf devastating the regional fishing industry and delicate ecosystems.

Five times more oil than the Exxon Valdez

Crew cleans oil off of rocks
The Exxon Valdez oil tanker leaked 11m gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska. Photograph: Sipa Press / Rex Features

The Nabarima has a capacity of 1.4 million barrels of oil. Records show its capacity was last listed at 1.3 million barrels or about 54.6 million gallons. By comparison, the Nabarima holds about five times as much oil as the Exxon Valdez spilled into the Prince William Sound.

The Nabarima owned in part by the state-owned energy company PDVSA and Italian oil company ENI. The vessel was abandoned near capacity when U.S. sanctions prevented Citgo from purchasing the oil in early 2019, according to Reuters.

The United States embassy in Trinidad and Tobago Friday called on the Venezuelan government to take action.

With special thanks to Fishermen and Friends of the Sea for their coverage of this threat to our oceans.

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