PDVSA UNIT BUILDING DOUBLE HULL TANKER FLEET

Government owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (Pdvsa) has begun building a double hull tanker fleet to meet tightened U.S. shipping standards. Its first such tanker, the 86,000 dwt Zeus, was delivered in January to PDV Marina after construction in a South Korean shipyard. Pdvsa formed PDV Marina 6 months ago. Pdvsa said it is "not going to delegate responsibility for crude shipments" to the huge U.S. market.

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