Wednesday 28 October, 2020

FFOS writes to PM demanding action on sinking FSO Nabarima

Photo of FSO NABARIMA  provided by the FFOS and said to have been taken on October 13.

Photo of FSO NABARIMA provided by the FFOS and said to have been taken on October 13.

The Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) has written to the Government appealing for the administration to act urgently and address the situation surrounding the Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) Nabarima that is tilting dangerously and threatening to spill 1.3 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Paria.

The letter was addressed to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and was copied to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, US Ambassador to T&T and the European Union Ambassador to the country.

The FFOS stated: “We have spoken to representatives of the US Embassy and they have assured us that our country does not risk US sanctions should we seek to lend humanitarian and environmental aid to the Maduro Regime. Our cries have gone unanswered and it appears that the Nabarima’s situation is worsening daily.”

The FFOS said the Government has a duty of care to ensure that T&T’s marine environment is protected. As such, the group said they must act urgently.

“Their silence is unacceptable and if the vessel overturns, will never be forgiven.”

The FSO Nabarima is a Floating Storage/Production vessel that was built in 2005 and is sailing under the flag of Venezuela. 

Last month, the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Franklin Khan, said officials were closely monitoring the situation.

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