Half the oil taken off stricken Venezuelan FSO

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has completed the transfer of half of the crude from the Nabarima floating storage tanker, after the vessel started to list in October last year.

PDVSA started offloading crude from the FSO, anchored in the Gulf of Paria near Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, in December after the listing vessel sparked concerns of a major oil spill disaster.

The vessel, owned by a joint venture between PDVSA and Eni, was holding around 1.3m barrels of crude oil.

Half of the oil onboard the FSO has now been transferred to PDVSA aframax tanker Icaro.

Jason Jiang

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  1. (I wrote this with google translate, my English is very basic) I am doing a documentary research project for the Maritime Caribean University (Located in Venezuela) on the environmental consequences of the ship FSO Nabarima, any information you could share would be very helpful to me, since there are no recent articles or references on it on the web. THANKS


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