World News – United States – Ministers: Images from Nabarima’s visit provided by Venezuela


Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA provided the country with images of the recent inspection by a local team of the Nabarima tanker

Energy Minister Franklin Khan and Foreign Secretary Amery Browne confirmed this yesterday after the video was released last Saturday

The video focused on last Tuesday’s visit to the Nabarima by a three-member TT inspection team.The visit followed local and international concerns about a potential environmental threat after the ship – holding 13 million barrels of petroleum – started to be listed on the right and to take water in July / August

Then PDVSA which operates the vessel said the repairs had been made.However, the government pushed for the independent verification visit and, after some delay from Venezuela, finally got permission to  » inspect the ship last Tuesday

After the seven-hour visit, the team reported that the tanker was upright, stable and not in danger of tipping or sinking

But because only the three members undertook the tour – minus any TT video team – oil and gas players wondered who took the video of the tour and the independence of that information

Last Saturday Communication Minister Symon de Norbriga – who narrated the video – confirmed that footage of the tour had been shot and sent to the PMO

De Nobriga said the video was narrated based on information shared by Ministers Browne and Khan during last Thursday’s press conference regarding Nabarima’s visit

Yesterday, Browne said the video footage was received by the Energy Ministry from his counterpart in Venezuela

Regarding the use of the images which was not carried out by this country, he said that the invitation to visit Venezuela only allowed the three local experts plus a helicopter crew who took the team to the ship

Browne added: « We continue to follow this issue very closely. The ministry sent the team’s request to Venezuela for a follow-up visit next month – to see what else has been done with the ship – and it is now in the hands of Venezuela – we are not sleeping at all on this issue « 

Energy Minister Franklin Khan added: « The visit was filmed by PDVSA in the presence of (the TT team) »

Sources from the Ministry of Energy said that the TT team that left Piarco for Guiria was taken by a Venezuelan helicopter to the Nabarima and that during this trip the Venezuelan crew of the helicopter took aerial footage of the ship

The team of experts appointed consisted of Craig Boodoo, Senior Petroleum Engineer, Department of Energy, Eisen Warner, Mechanical Engineer, Coast Guard, and Certified Marine Services Port Inspector Michael Daniel , from the Ministry of Public Works

In-depth interviews were held with officials from PDVSA whom the team met on the ship They included Vice President (Trade / Supply) Col. Antonio Jose Perez Suarez, Ship Captain Carlos Gonzales, responsible for international relations Randall Pena and the maritime superintendent of the ship Benito Romain

A video commentary says Venezuela is slowly unloading its oil cargo to avert disaster and that is expected to take up to 35 days – a time when the TT team are hoping to return to secure an update. update on the situation

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