In Venezuela Pirates Now Rule

By Jonathan Franklin (Bloomberg) Their industry all but destroyed, former fishermen now run guns one way, diapers another. On the sea with the desperate and ruthless. Venezuela and the island of Trinidad are separated by only 10 miles of water and bound together by the most lawless market on Earth today. Playing out at sea and on the coasts, it is a roiling arbitrage—of … [Read more...]

SPOTD: MV KAIRI Leaves for Trinidad

MV KAIRI has left Damen Shipyards Galati for Trinidad where she and her three sister vessels still under construction will support the berthing of LNG carriers calling on Trinidad and Tobago.  The four newbuild orders were placed by ARC Towage on 31 July 2013. KAIRI is a Damen ASD 2810 and features a minimum bollard pull of 60 tons and a maximum speed of 12.9 knots. While … [Read more...]

LPG Tanker Attacked Off Trinidad, Captain Shot and Beaten Unconscious

Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Transport reports in an emailed statement the LPG tanker Virgo Gas was attacked on 10 July  29 June in the vicinity of Port of Spain. According to spokesperson Beverly Phillip, Director of Maritime Services at the Ministry of Transport, 8-10 men aboard three small fishing vessels boarded the ship via the stern. "The men were armed with … [Read more...]