(English) OFAC Issues General License No. 30A

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Derecho Marítimo OFAC Issues General License No. 30A which clarifies the previous designation of the Venezuelan Maritime Authority as a Specially Designated National (SDN) As reported in our Marine Newsletter to P&I Clubs dated 19 January 2021, the United States Department of Treasury through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) included the Venezuelan Maritime Authority Instituto Nacional de los Espacios Acuáticos, commonly referred to as INEA, as an SDN on 19 January 2021. Today, two weeks following said action, OFAC issued General License No. 30A which seems to provide clarification on INEA’s designation.General License 30A “Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Port and Airport Operations” dated 2 February 2021 – which entirely replaces and supersedes General License No. 30 – seems to separate the conduct of INEA as an Owner…
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The Venezuelan Maritime Authority has been added to OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list

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Derecho Marítimo The Venezuelan Maritime Authority has been added to OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list On 19 January 2021, the United States Department of Treasury through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has updated its SDN list to include, amongst other Venezuelan related companies and individuals, the Venezuelan Maritime Authority Instituto Nacional de los Espacios Acuáticos, commonly referred to as INEA. This designation raises a series of questions regarding exposure for Members that continue to, or are considering, calling Venezuelan ports despite the existing US Sanctions programs – specifically: Executive Order (EO) 13884 dated 5 August 2019, EO 13857 dated 25 January 2019, and EO 13850 dated 1 November 2018, as well as the so-called Secondary Sanctions that have recently targeted the shipping industry worldwide. Of particular importance…
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Fourth Quarter 2020 Report (Venezuela)

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Derecho Maritimo Fourth Quarter 2020 Report –Venezuela – I.NEWS This section highlights excerpts of relevant press releases and brief comments on our views regarding such. "United States extended the protection to CITGO until mid-2021“ The U.S. Department of Treasury extended until July 2021 an order which prevents creditors of PDVSA 2020 bonds, from filling claims or performing transactions that may affect the shares of CITGO - considering that such PDVSA bonds are supported by the shares of its subsidiary CITGO. Additionally, yet another Court of the United States had previously ruled that the bonds were "valid and enforceable" if on default. https://www.elnacional.com/economia/ee-uu-extendio-proteccion-de-citgo-hasta-mediados-de-2021/ https://www.elnacional.com/economia/jueza-de-ee-uu-dictamino-que-bonos-2020-de-pdvsa-son-validos/ "PDVSA doubled its exports due to new Russian buyers“ By November 2020, Venezuelan oil exports almost doubled in comparison to previous months. The increase on the sales…
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Third Quarter Report –Venezuela –

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Derecho Marítimo Third Quarter Report –Venezuela – I.NEWS This section highlights excerpts of relevant press releases and brief comments on our views regarding such. "Trinidad and Tobago will survey the NABARIMA vessel, stranded in the Gulf of Paria“ The Ministry of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago and the government of Venezuela agreed to allow access to surveyors to the Nabarima, located in the Gulf of Paria. The purpose is to verify that the vessel has indeed been stabilized and that oil leaks do not pose a threat, as reported by the Venezuelan government. The Venezuelan-flagged M/V Nabarima contains about 1.2 million barrels of oil and belongs to the joint venture PetroSucre, operated by the state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. and the Italian company ENI as a minority stakeholder. https://www.elnacional.com/economia/trinidad-y-tobago-inspeccionara-el-buque-nabarima-varado-en-el-golfo-de-paria/ "Curacao…
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Reporte Segundo Trimestre 2020 – Venezuela –

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Derecho maritimo Reporte Segundo Trimestre 2020 –Venezuela – I.NOTICIASEsta sección destaca extractos de comunicados de prensa relevantes y breves comentarios sobre nuestras opiniones al respecto.““El gobierno de Guaidó introdujo nuevas acciones legales para proteger a Citgo del régimen””Los representantes del gobierno de Juan Guaidó, comparecieron ante un Tribunal de Delaware para oponerse a la venta de las acciones de CITGO. La empresa Crystallex busca una compensación por la expropiación realizada por el Presidente Hugo Chávez en 2008 de las minas "Las Cristinas".Esta acción tuvo lugar después de que un Tribunal de Delaware casi permitiera la venta de las acciones de CITGO para satisfacer la deuda de Venezuela. El principal demandante y acreedor de las acciones es Crystallex, aunque ConocoPhillips tiene un reclamo por separado. El gobierno de Juan Guaidó depende…
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COVID-19 Venezuela: Guidelines by Maritime Authority for the mobilization of Seafarers

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Derecho Maritimo COVID-19 Venezuela: Guidelines by Maritime Authority for the mobilization of Seafarers A decision amidst the Decree of State of Alarm and based on recommendations of the International Maritime OrganizationFollowing Decree No. 4.160, published in the Official Gazette No. 6.519 dated 13 March 2020, by means of which the State of Alarm was declared to attend the COVID-19 emergency, as amended and extended, and in accordance with the recommendations made by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Venezuelan Maritime Authority, National Institute of Aquatic Spaces (INEA by its acronym is Spanish), issued Circular No. 14 dated April 27, 2020 named “Guidelines for the mobilization of seafarers and personnel associated with the Ship-Port interface in view of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 ”. This guideline includes:1.Definition of “Key…
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Regulations on Ship-to-Ship Hydrocarbon Operations within the Venezuelan Jurisdiction (Administrative Act 333)

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On 27 April 2020, the Venezuelan Maritime Authority announced via Administrative Act the “Regulations applied to ship-to-ship hydrocarbon operations within the Venezuelan jurisdiction” (“The Regulation”). The Regulation provided the conditions, limitations and security procedures for the ship-to-ship transfer of hydrocarbons in anchorage areas, and generally in all jurisdictional waters of Venezuela. On 27 April 2020, the Venezuelan Maritime Authority announced via Administrative Act the “Regulations applied to ship-to-ship hydrocarbon operations within the Venezuelan jurisdiction” (“The Regulation”). The Regulation provided the conditions, limitations and security procedures for the ship-to-ship transfer of hydrocarbons in anchorage areas, and generally in all jurisdictional waters of Venezuela. Transshipment operations are only authorized for vessels over 150 GT. The Regulation also excludes: The transshipment of hydrocarbons related to fixed or floating offshore platforms, including drilling units,…
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Consideraciones a la Providencia Administrativa 333

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Este 27 de abril, el Instituto Nacional de los Espacios Acuáticos (INEA) ha dictado una Providencia Administrativa con objeto de establecer las “Normas para regular las operaciones de trasbordo de hidrocarburos buque-buque en aguas jurisdiccionales venezolanas”. Esta Providencia prevé las condiciones, lineamientos y medidas de seguridad que deberán adoptarse para la transferencia de hidrocarburos buque a buque dentro de las Zonas Especiales de Fondeo y, en general, en todas las aguas jurisdiccionales venezolanas. Dichas operaciones solo podrán ser efectuadas por buques tanqueros a partir de las 150 UAB. La normativa excluye de su aplicación: La transferencia de hidrocarburos relacionadas con plataformas fijas o flotantes, incluidas las plataformas de perforación, las instalaciones flotantes de producción, almacenamiento y descarga (IFPAD) utilizadas para la producción y almacenamiento de hidrocarburos mar adentro y las…
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First Quarter 2020 Report

First Quarter 2020 Report

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I.  NEWS This section highlights excerpts of relevant press releases and brief comments on our views regarding such.  “Rosneft sells its assets in Venezuela to the Government of Russia”  Russian oil company, Rosneft, announced it was to cease operations in Venezuela and the sale of all their assets to a company 100% owned by the Russian government. All their assets and business operations in Venezuela will be liquidated or sold.  This decision arose as a consequence to the sanctions imposed by the United States Treasury Department on their subsidiary, Rosneft Trading and its President Didier Casimiro, after being accused of negotiating the sale and transportation of Venezuelan crude.  After the announcement on sanctions, PDVSA shifted several shipments that were previously assigned to Rosneft Trading, which will now be carried by…
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