Embassies in Venezuela sending security alerts to their citizens

The enomical crisis taking place in the country plus the goverments desition to demonetize the economy by maintaining the exchange control plus banning the higher-value banknote (VEF 100) has caused a massive wave of protests and riots with raiding into stores of all kinds and houses of some mayor Venezuelan cities. Since a few years ago, some countries such as the US, France, England, etc have send alerts to their citicens regarding the social insecurity on the streets. Yesterday the chinese embassy did the same by sending alerts to their citizens plus activating bilateral mechanism to request the Venezuelan government to ensure theirs citizens personal and economic safety. We strongly recommend all crew members to avoid taking shore leaves in Venezuela as foreing people carrying foreing currency are usually easy and the most wanted targets to criminals.
Herebelow we include some links from press and embassies sites cofirming this information:
Should you have any question about this or any other matter, please don’t hesitate on contacting us.
Francisco Villanova
Venepandi, C.A.

Robbery on board anchored vessels increasing at Puerto la Cruz Bay

Recently we´ve registered a new increase of cases of robbery and pilferage on board anchored vessels overnight with persons armed with guns and rifles.

Update on Venezuelan Economic situation

According to external financial sources and recent central bank data, Venezuela only has $10.5 billion in foreign reserves left which leaves the state (including PDVSA) out of cash to honor the coming obligations.

Relevant changes in Venezuelan Maritime Jurisdiction

Upon supreme´ s court resolution of May 3rd 2017, the maritime competence which was centralized in the one first instance and superior court with national competence was shifted to 8 civil courts with territorial competence.

Reported incidents during mandatory underwater inspections in Venezuela

During the carriage of the mandatory antidrug underwater inspections prior to sailing, we´ve recorded an increasing number of alleged incidents with Masters being subject to extort and blackmail by the divers appointed by the terminals.

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