The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago urged “immediate action” to prevent a potentially catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Paria along the Venezuelan coast. According to reports, the floating storage and unloading facility is under repair.
Venezuelan flag Ikuhara Since January 2019, the ship has been idling off the coast of Venezuela. Recent pictures show that the FSO ship is floating in a tilted state, raising concerns that it may spill its load on the bay that destroys the fishing industry and fragile ecosystem in the region.
of Ikuhara Operated by Petrosucre, a joint venture between the Venezuelan national oil company Venezuelan National Petroleum Company (PDVSA) and the Italian oil giant Eni.
After the approval of President Donald Trump’s administration, Petrosucre froze oil extraction in January 201
notorious Exxon Valdez The oil spill involved approximately 10.8 million gallons of crude oil and is widely regarded as the most serious environmental damage in history.
The U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago issued a statement on Friday expressing its unease about Trinidad and Tobago. IkuharaCase. “The United States remains concerned about the potential safety and environmental risks posed by ships flying the Venezuelan flag. Ikuhara, In Paria Bay. “
“We strongly support immediate action to make Ikuhara Meeting international safety standards and avoiding possible environmental damage will have a negative impact not only on the people of Venezuela but also on people in nearby countries. PDVSA has the responsibility to take action to avoid environmental disasters in Venezuelan waters. “
Latest photos of Ikuhara Show it on the side of the water. An unnamed source “familiar with the matter” told Reuters that the ship tends to allow the crew to replace its valves.
Eni said on Friday that the company is now trying to unload crude oil on board and has asked the United States to “give the green light” to “prevent any danger of sanctions.”
Gary Abd, the company secretary of the Trinidad environmental organization “Friends of the Fishermen and the Sea”, told Reuters: “If this happens, we will pay for all the consequences for the next few decades. This should be a red alert. “
The United States has imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan government, left-wing President Nicolas Maduro (Nicolas Maduro) and PDVSA, made them illegal, and required the government to release political prisoners and allow free and fair elections.
The Trump administration also recognized the former majority leader of the National Assembly and self-styled interim president Juan Guaido as the country’s legal leader, but failed to get Maduro into office and promote Guaido to power.
The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago said on Friday that Ikuhara Be consistent with pressure from the Maduro government. The embassy said: “Generally speaking, the purpose of the US Venezuelan sanctions program is not to address security, environmental or humanitarian issues.”
“These activities to avoid ecological disasters are in line with the US policy of supporting the Venezuelan people and avoiding further harm to the environment.”