Minister says Venezuelan ship won't sink

Trinidad and Tobago's Energy Minister Franklyn Khan said Venezuela's floating oil facility called Nabarima, which has bowed in recent weeks, shows no signs of sinking. However, projects to transfer the oil stored on the ship present risks. 

Last Tuesday (20), a team of experts from Trinidad inspected the facility and detected that "there was absolutely no inclination" and that the vessel was "totally horizontal". Khan added that the team spent more than 30 hours checking the boat and asked Venezuelan authorities to visit it again within a month.

Nabarima is part of the Petrosucre joint venture between PDVSA and Italy's Eni. The facility is loaded with 1.3 million barrels of oil, and images of the inclined ship have alarmed environmentalists in recent months.

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