TT to send inspection team to sinking Venezuelan tanker

TT to send inspection team to sinking Venezuelan tanker

An inspection team has been set up to visit the Venezuelan vessel FSO Nabarima, to confirm if the sinking ship poses any threat.

The sinking tanker, which is permanently docked between Venezuela and TT, has nearly 1.1 million barrels of crude oil stored in it.

Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne said “At present the TT government has accepted an offer from Venezuela to send an inspection team and we are working on the details of that, so that we can be satisfied with the representations made by Venezuela that the vessel has been properly repaired and poses no danger to the environment.”

However, Browne did not indicate when the TT inspection team will be ready to go to Venezuela.

Reports from international media outlets said the extent of the damage vessel is uncertain.
Browne said that the government has been in constant communication with the Venezuelan authorities who have indicated that the vessel is secured.

Fishermen from Carli Bay to Cedros have been worried about the state of the vessel.They believe it is an environmental disaster waiting to happen and has accused the government of dragging its feet on the matter.