A ship holding 1.3 million barrels of oil is stuck on the coasts of Trinidad and Tobago and has a possibility to sink. Environmentalists of all over the world and fishermen in Tobago and Trinidad are requesting actions to be taken by the government and other bodies as soon as possible fearing a massive oil spill in the Caribbean.
Activists and specialists ask for immediate action by governments
Nabarima, the Venezuelan oil tanker, is used and run by an Italian energy company to hold crude oils. A leak or sink of the ship could spill oils five than that of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the highest recorded oil spill in the world.
Activists and specialists of Vox are asking for immediate action by the governments of Trinidad and Tobago. The governments of both the countries, on the other hand, have declared last Wednesday that there was no threatening risk of the ship’s tilting or sinking and at the moment of declaration there was the lowest risk of an oil spill.
Clips show a sharply tilted vessel anchored by chains
On 16th October, the corporate secretary of Fisherman and Friends of the Sea (FFOST), Gary Aboud, took a small boat and rowed to the Nabarima to shoot a video of the spilling oil tanker. On 17th October, he released the clip on YouTube showing the sharply tilted ship anchored only by chains. He fears if the ship topples or sinks it will affect the whole Caribbean Sea and the people living in the Caribbean Coasts. He aimed to create awareness about the condition of the ship by posting the video on YouTube. By now, 23 hurricanes have hit the Caribbean. The organization, Fisherman, and Friends of the Sea (FFOST) dreads that a radical change in the weather can tumble the oil tanker.
The oil tanker is holding an oddly high amount of oil
Maritime administrative says that the oil tanker, Nabarima is anchored at the Corocoro oil field, in a semi-confined water body of the Gulf of Paria that lies between Trinidad and Venezuela. Usually, small oil tankers like Nabarima reserve oils before they are transferred to big oil tankers to ship around the world. Though, the bill sanctioned by Nicolás Maduro the reelected Venezuelan President, states that Venezuela will not sell oil to other countries. On top of that, the oil tanker Nabarima is holding an oddly high amount of oil, raising the fears of environmentalists.
An oil spill can destroy Caribbean marine ecosystems and hamper Caribbean human life
Environmentalists and Specialists fear an oil spill will shut down the Caribbean ecosystem and shrink the biodiversity of the region. Moreover, the Caribbean marine and coastal ecosystems are one of the most distinct in the world. They house approximately 10% of the world’s coral reefs, more than 1,400 breeds of fish and marine mammals, and huge coastal mangroves. Five of the seven sea turtles live only in the Caribbean.
The chemicals in oil are harmful to animals. Animals swallow, drink, and smell oils. If spilled, the oil will coat the small variants of fishes, furs, and coats of mammals and invertebrates and bird feathers. An effect on a single variant of animal and bird species can disturb the total Caribbean ecosystem.
The life of people living on the Caribbean coast will also be hampered. 50,000 lives of the Gulf of Paria earn their daily bread from the sea. 70 percent of the seafood comes from the Gulf.