Aframax tanker CV Stealth under arrest in Venezuela for 4 months, operator denies charges

Aframax tanker CV Stealth is stranded in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, since August last year. Vessel is under arrest on a suspicion of trying to ship stolen or illegal crude oil. 23 crew is Turkish, manager of the company denies involvement in anything illegal, so most probably, it’s another Venezuelan case of hijack or racket, only this time authorities used another pretext, substituting usual “drug trafficking” charges with “illegal oil shipment”. The guess is, Venezuela is demanding from an owner or operator a ransom. Oil price is down, country has to get currency somewhere somehow, doesn’t it?
Voytenko Mikhail
Vessel arrived to Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, on Aug 31 2014.

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