Captain of crude tanker shot in Eastern Venezuela

Feb 27 2020


The captain of a crude tanker was shot by assailants boarding the ship while anchored off eastern Venezuela, according to a Reuters report.

The attack took place early morning Monday Feb 24.



A coastguard official guarding the vessel was also injured.



Jose Bodas, an oil workers union leader in Puerto La Cruz, was quoted as saying it was the first time he could recall an attack of this type in eastern Venezuela.

 

According to a Fleetmon report, quoting local media, the pirates looted the ship and crew, and fled. The tanker has been anchored during last 7 months under court order, suspected of oil smuggling. She was renamed and re-flagged in October 2019.

 

Reuters article
Fleetmon report


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