Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr. Amery Bowne says a Venezuelan Oil Tanker that is posing some concern for both Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Venezuela-flagged Nabarima moored at the Corocoro field in the Paria Gulf is listing to starboard, flooding the engine room and nearby compartments, according to three Venezuelan employees of the PetroSucre joint venture that runs the field.

The sight of a huge oil tanker that has taken on water and is leaning to one side off a remote stretch of Venezuela’s coast has also triggered international calls for action.

“The engine room is so flooded that there is no possibility the Nabarima can navigate under its own power to a terminal to discharge the oil,” the worker added. 

The Nabarima, a small VLCC built in 2005, has been moored at the Corocoro field since at least 2015, according to the Venezuelan oil ministry.

After years of neglect, the FSO Nabarima, a rusting hulk full of thick crude, is in a dangerous state of disrepair. While the full extent of the damage is unknown, if not repaired soon it could sink and spell environmental disaster, polluting turquoise seas along the vast coastline of Venezuela and several neighboring Caribbean nations, government critics and maritime experts say.