Banned at Sea: Venezuela’s Crude-Stained Oil Tankers

By Marianna Parraga and Mircely Guanipa HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela, April 18 (Reuters) - In the scorching heat of the Caribbean Sea, workers in scuba suits scrub crude oil by hand from the hull of the Caspian Galaxy, a tanker so filthy it can't set sail in international waters. The vessel is among many that are constantly contaminated at two major export terminals … [Read more...]

Second Algerian Crude Cargo Arrives in Venezuela

HOUSTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - A tanker carrying Algerian light oil arrived at the Venezuelan port of Jose late on Monday and is waiting to unload up to 2 million barrels in PDVSA's second crude purchase from state-run Sonatrach, according to Reuters vessel-tracking data. Venezuela last month started importing crude for the first time in its history. It is using the oil to … [Read more...]

Venezuelan Oil Ports Struggle to Handle Tanker Arrivals

By Marianna Parraga HOUSTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Venezuelan oil ports are struggling to load and unload cargoes on time amid an increase in fuel imports prompted by trouble at PDVSA's 1.3 million-barrel-per-day domestic refining network, shippers told Reuters on Thursday. PDVSA is offering to buy up to 2.4 million barrels of gasoline and ultra low-sulfur diesel to be … [Read more...]

Venezuela Books VLCC to Import Second Algerian Crude Shipment

HOUSTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA has hired a supertanker to load a second 2 million-barrel cargo of Algerian crude, according to preliminary tanker fixture data. Venezuela will start importing light crude this month with a shipment of Algerian Saharan Blend scheduled to arrive at its Jose terminal on Oct. 26. Two additional cargoes of … [Read more...]

Venezuela Buys Two Russian Crude Cargoes for Curacao Refinery -Sources

By Marianna Parraga HOUSTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela's PDVSA bought two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina to be delivered starting in November at the Isla refinery in Curacao operated by the state-run oil company, traders told Reuters on Friday. These cargoes will be the second crude import made by the OPEC member since signing a supply … [Read more...]