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“Damaged Venezuelan Oil Tanker Drawing International Concern”

“CARACAS, Venezuela — The sight of a huge oil tanker that has taken on water and is leaning to one side off a remote stretch of Venezuela’s coast has triggered international calls for action.

After years of neglect, the FSO Nabarima, a rusting hulk full of thick crude, is in a dangerous state of disrepair. While the full extent of the damage is unknown, if not repaired soon it could sink and spell environmental disaster, polluting turquoise seas along the vast coastline of Venezuela and several neighboring Caribbean nations, government critics and maritime experts say.

Adding to concerns, Venezuela’s socialist government has said nothing publicly about its plans for the container.”

Joshua Goodman and Scott Smith report for the Associated Press September 2, 2020.