Massive ALBA Oil Tanker in Route to Cuba

"The Sandino," the second oil tanker owned by the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas Transportation Company (TRANSALBA), is en route to Cuba after setting sail from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

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2009-05-15 | 15:40:39 EST
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CIENFUEGOS, Cuba, May 15 (acn) "The Sandino," the second oil tanker owned by the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas Transportation Company (TRANSALBA), is en route to Cuba after setting sail from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.

The tanker is transporting 390,000 barrels of oil to the Camilo Cienfuegos Refinery in the province of Cienfuegos.

The ALBA website reports that this ship will regularly transport crude oil and other products to be processed at the Cienfuegos plant. The new tanker is part of efforts by Venezuela and Cuba to defend independence in the energy sector, based on the principles of cooperation and exchange.

This Panamax-class ship, whose name pays homage to Nicaraguan leader Augusto César Sandino, was filled with "Merey Mesa 28," a semi-light crude oil, on Tuesday at the Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) port in the state of Anzoátegui.

PDVSA Vice President of Refining, Trade and Supply Asdrúbal Chavez said that the Cuban-Venezuelan oil venture now has 10 ships -2 owned and 8 leased- that transport oil and gas to ALBA member nations and another 18 PetroCaribe countries, ABN reports.

The ship was built in China at the New Shipbuilding Yard at a cost of US$ 70 million.

The first TRANSALBA oil tanker, Petión, received a similar cargo and is bound for another Caribbean destination.

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