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.

Oil pollution in Maracaibo lake

Most Vessel calling at Maracaibo lake and mainly those calling at PDVSA´s terminal there are encountering with an oil firm that ins´t being controlled by the Terminal and that is causing ship´s hulls to get polluted with black oil.

Threats to security within Venezuelan territory

Given the current violent crime situation in Venezuela which reached this week the highest pike with the murder of miss Venezuela 2004 and her Irish husband, we kindly invite club´s and members to take a look on this circular and its content in order to ensure safety of crew members and personal coming to the country for business.

Possible street riots during local elections in Venezuela

You probably are aware about the upcoming local authorities elections to take place this Sunday December 8th, 2013. To which, without creating any kind of panic, we recommend that if there are vessels docked in Venezuelan ports that day and Monday, the crew does not go to shore, as it is presumed the remote possibility of armed street riots depending on results.

Special powers given to the president will potentially increase the imports

Venezuela's National Assembly has given final approval to special powers for President Nicolas Maduro. Under the enabling act given by the assembly President Maduro will be able to govern by rule without consulting Congress for 12 months.

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