The Floating Storage Offloading (FSO) Nabarima, which is positioned at the eastern coast in Venezuelan water has been in “satisfactory” condition for the past few months.
About 1.3 million barrels of Corocoro crude have been stuck for over a year aboard the Nabarima FSO (floating storage and offloading facility), part of the Petrosucre joint venture between PDVSA, as the company is known, and Italy’s Eni SpA, as U.S. sanctions have complicated the nation’s exports.
According to OE Offshore Engineer, there has been no operating crew on board since July, the vessel presented an 8% incline that created the risk of a spill, and in late August a sea water leak led to flooding in the engine room.
Both issues were reportedly resolved.
However, today President of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, Gary Aboud, signaled another call for the Government to investigate the progress of the oil tanker again.
He said he’s received news out of Venezuela that the vessel’s tilt has worsened and there is a fear of a major environmental disaster occurring.
The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries said in a statement issued September 3rd, 2020, that it is in communication with Venezuela and offered assistance in addressing the situation.
WATCH: Aboud shares his fears on the FSO Nabarima