Banned at sea: Venezuela’s crude-stained oil tankers

In the scorching heat of the Caribbean Sea, workers in scuba suits scrub crude oil by hand from the hull of the Caspian Galaxy, a tanker so filthy it can’t set sail in international waters.

The vessel is among many that are constantly contaminated at two major export terminals where they load crude from Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA. The water here has an oily sheen from leaks in the rusty pipelines under the surface.

That means the tankers have to be cleaned before traveling to many foreign ports, which won’t admit crude-stained ships for fear of environmental damage to their harbors, port facilities or other vessels.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Wait till they pack them with thousands of ‘refugees’

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Venezuela is ripe for some empire to expand.
      Yuge tracts of land.

  • Alain

    Yet none of the anti-pipeline and anti-oil sands have a problem with oil from Venezuela, which seems to be a disconnect to me.