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.

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.

New currency exchange system introduced by the government with the exchange agreement N°35

With the new economic announcements by the government and the exchange agreement N°35 enforced since March 9th, two rate of exchange are now applicable for all transactions involving foreign currency locally. 

General advice regarding Loading of coal at Venezuela

As per recent monitoring, the loading of coal at Maracaibo is presenting issues relative to discrepancy between ship/shore figures but also cargo issues for not complying with the IMSBC code.

General advice for ship´s loading DRI A (HBI) at Orinoco River

Since the reactivation of Palua´s and San felix´s (Orinoco river) HBI plants that has increased significantly the shipments of the mentioned cargo, risks have increased for which we´ve prepared this circular including some precautionary measures and advice for all vessels calling locally to take into consideration.

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