Some 18 tankers including VLCC, Suezmax, declared to be in emergency
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) decided to cancel operating of PDVSA tankers fleet because of unpaid crews wages and lack of necessary crews. PDVSA’s maritime arm, PDV Marina, lacks at least 160 seamen, 16 positions per ship on average, including such positions as Captain, 2 Officers, Chief Engineer, 2 Engineers, Cook, Abs.
List of tankers in critical situation, lacking necessary personnel:
6 Lakemax 100,000-dwt tankers: NEREO (IMO 9038880), PROTEO (IMO 9038830), ZEUS (IMO 9038828), EOS (IMO 9038878), HERO (IMO 9038892), anchored waiting for a dock in Amuay and Cardón, and TESEO (IMO 9038866) that is operating.
4 Suezmax 160,000-dwt tankers: RIO CARONI (IMO 9586722), RIO APURE (IMO 9589748), RIO ORINOCO (IMO 9586734), RIO ARAUCA (IMO 9589750), anchored in Portugal as retained.
Several other units are also on the list of fleet to be returned to PDVSA’s maritime arm, PDV Marina:
4 Aframax tankers: ARITA (IMO 9503574), ICARO (IMO 9038842), PARNASO (IMO 9038854).
VLCC 320,000-dwt tankers: CARABOBO (IMO 9623257), JUNIN (IMO 9623269), BOYACA (IMO 9590058), AYACUCHO (IMO 9590008).
Some tankers are already detained or still operating globally, some waiting in Venezuela waters.
Source: Maritime Bulletin