Chevron chartered tanker involved in minor collision in Venezuela Ship’s crew


HOUSTON, March 20 (Reuters) – A Liberian-flagged oil tanker chartered by Chevron Corp had a minor collision with another vessel, the Buenoin Venezuelan waters on Sunday, according to sources and a shipping report seen by Reuters on Monday.

The Bueno has not sailed international waters since the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the ship and four other ships last year for alleged involvement in transporting shipments of Iranian origin, leading to the Loss of the Djibouti flag.

Tanker chartered by Chevron KeralaThis week, scheduled to load some 240,000 barrels of Venezuelan heavy oil at the Bajo Grande terminal on Lake Maracaibo, was near Amuay’s ship-to-ship transshipment area Sunday night when it collided with the Bueno.

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Incidents involving ships, oil spills, fires and power outages are very common in Venezuela because the state-run PDVSA’s aging oil infrastructure does not need to be properly maintained and repaired amid US sanctions on the country.

Neither tanker was significantly damaged by the incident and no injuries or spills were reported. Both were instructed by the port captain to anchor at specific positions and await inspection, according to a PDVSA shipping report.

PDVSA and Chevron did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tanker Bueno has been working for PDVSA since last year, transporting oil and fuel between domestic ports under a time charter agreement.

From Monday is the Kerala had moved away from the collision site while awaiting a loading window at the Bajo Grande terminal, according to ship monitoring data from Refinitiv Eikon. The Good Transponder has not responded since mid-2022.

(Reporting by Marianna Parraga; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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