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Banned at sea: Venezuela's crude-stained oil tankers

Reuters  |  HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela 

By Marianna Parraga and Mircely GuanipaHOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (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 where they load crude from Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA. The water here has an oily sheen from leaks in the rusty pipelines under the surface. That means the tankers have to be cleaned before traveling to many foreign ports, ...

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