Venezuelan Oil Ships Stranded at Sea because PDVSA Can’t Pay Port Fees

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jan 27, 2017, 8:41 am
Venezuelan Oil Ships
Ships loaded with about 1.4 million barrels of crude oil, diesel, gasoline, fuel oil and liquefied petroleum gas are waiting for hull cleaning, Reuters reported recently. (ACN)

EspañolTankers carrying crude oil and fuel barrels have been stranded in the Caribbean because of PDVSA’s inability to pay for basic pre-docking port services.

At least 12 vessels are anchored offshore with crude oil stains on their hulls due to leaks, and Venezuela has not been able to pay for cleaning, inspections or other services to address the situation, which are mandatory for navigating international waters per maritime law.


Faced with debts with companies that provide the cleaning service, and the delay in repairing the leaks, some of PDVSA’s stained ships decided to travel to shore anyway, extending the problem to at least four more ports.

Ships loaded with about 1.4 million barrels of crude oil, diesel, gasoline, fuel oil and liquefied petroleum gas are waiting for hull cleaning, Reuters reported recently.

Another 11 ships were also anchored, according to early January reports, for “financial retention,” a classification used by PDVSA to identify tankers who have been temporarily seized or detained by port authorities, shipping companies or shipping agencies when faced with accumulating unpaid debts.

This is not the first time that PDVSA’s lack of financial liquidity has stranded ships out of port. In June 2016, British Petroleum had more than two million barrels of oil stalled at a maritime terminal in the Caribbean because Venezuela had an unpaid debt of one million dollars.

Sources: La Patilla; El Nacional

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

El Salvador Government Denies It Is Spying on Major Corporations

By: Adriana Peralta - @AdriPeraltaM - Jan 27, 2017, 7:50 am

EspañolSeveral major economic and business groups in El Salvador have spoken out about spying by the government, which officials denied this week. The El Salvador government denied claims that The Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) and the Chamber of Commerce (Camarasal) had found evidence of espionage in the form of hidden microphones in their facilities. "This government in no way is linked to this type of illicit behavior," President Spokesman Eugenio Chicas told the media this week. "If it has occurred as it has been described, this government joins in on the demand for investigation of such crimes." Read More: FARC Guerrillas to Participate in Politics, Despite Crimes Against Humanity Read More: Pena Nieto Rebukes Trump Again: “Of Course Mexico Isn’t Paying for the Wall” "As a government with great firmness, we have condemned any kind of intimidating activity, persecution or violation of the rights that any institution may have in this country," Chicas added. "We have condemned this type of practice wherever it comes from." Chicas said officials were surprised at the type of technology that was found in those facilities, since one of the wired devices was inferior to current digital technology. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   On January 10, Fusades reported espionage in one of its offices. "This lamentable fact confirms for us that these presumptions are correct, that sadly espionage and political harassment in El Salvador are real," President of Fusades Miguel Ángel Simán Simán said. "To hide behind a microphone and then manipulate information and to then accuse and discredit us is unacceptable," Simán said. "We do not hide like the cowards ... we do not need hidden microphones to avoid debating ideas." After that discovery, Camarasal reviewed its facilities and reportedly  found a device that measured approximately four centimeters. "The union hopes that the investigations will clear things up and show how, by whom and for what purposes this espionage device was being used," said President of Camarasal Javier Steiner. ANEP reportedly found telephone spying systems at its headquarters. According to its spokesman, the device found is a factory microprocessor containing a microphone, with a transmitter frequency of 900 Mhz, with transmission capacity of more than 600 meters and was connected to the cables of the surveillance camera system in their offices. Sources: El Diario de Hoy, EDH

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