(Energy Analytics Institute, 16.Oct.2020) — The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago expressed continued concerns about the potential risk to safety and environment posed by the Venezuelan-flagged vessel, Nabarima. The vessel is carrying around 1.2-1.3 million barrels and is located in Venezuela’s Gulf of Paria.
“We strongly support immediate actions to bring the Nabarima up to international safety standards and avoid possible environmental harm, which could negatively impact not only the Venezuelan people but also those in nearby countries,” the American embassy from the twin-island Caribbean country announced 16 October 2020 in an official statement. “PDVSA has a responsibility to take action to avoid an environmental disaster in Venezuelan waters.”
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela are not designed to “target activities addressing safety, environmental, or humanitarian concerns,” the embassy said, adding “these activities to avert an ecological disaster are consistent with US policy to support the Venezuelan people and avoid further harm to the environment.”
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