Threats to security within Venezuelan territory


We encourage club´s and members to check on the US department of state following links that gives advice to citizens coming to Venezuela for vacation or business to protect their safety in consideration of the current situation with statistics that have shown that only in 2013 around 24 thousand murderers took place only due criminal violence:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6222.html
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1059.html#safety
Examples of this regrettable situation can be seen with the murder last Monday with the murderer of miss Venezuela 2004 Monica Spear, her husband from Ireland Mr. Thomas Berry and were their 5 yeard old child was shot in the leg for resisting robbery near to the port of Puerto Cabello were they were on vacation due the recent holidays. In addition, we had a case last year in which a Philippine Master was murderer for resisting robbery after he disembarked at Punto Fijo for buying pants.
In addition to the above, we would like to warn out clubs and members about a worrying increase last days of attempt for smuggling illegal substances for which we would recommend to instruct Master to increase the security measures on board when calling at Venezuelan ports.
Carlos Carrasco
Operations Manager
Venepandi, C.A.

Changes in Venezuelan port administration

With the designation of a new military president for Venezuelan port administration, we consider important that all concerning parties understand the potential implications related to the government´s recent actions.

Oil sprayed by refinery at Punta Cardon causing ship/cargo possible contamination

All concerning parties should be aware about the increasing frequency of vessels contamination (and possibly cargo) due spray effect caused by the high winds in the area and spillages in the refinery buildings.

Oil Leakages at Maracaibo Lake causing hull stains

All concerning parties should be aware that the presence of oil leakages in Maracaibo Lake is a frequent issue and most vessels transiting this area are subject to oil stains on the hulls with the subsequent loss of time due the necessary cleaning arrangement.

Increasing Ignition during loading of petcoke at the port of Amuay

We´ve recently noticed that the number of cases of ignition of petcoke on board at the port of Amuay has increased with the subsequent risk to the safety on board.

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