Venepandi informs operators about a danger of navigation in the internal waters of the Venezuelan Caribbean Sea, specifically to the vessels that are heading towards the ports of eastern Venezuela, caused by a large rock.
amely, the large rock is in the Latitude and Longitude (10°16.2’N -64°33.6’W) at a distance of 0.55 nautical miles from “Isla de Monos” and 2.17 nautical miles from the port of Guanta.
According to the Masters its does not appear on the ENC Nautical charts, and there have already been several incidents in this regard since the Masters report that the rock does not appear on their ECDIS equipment on board.
We currently have the case of a Liberian-flagged vessel, in which the master reported that the rock did not appear in his ENCs and therefore she ran aground, causing serious damage to her hull and her detention for environmental damage since the rock is located within an area called “Mochima National Park” catalogued as country’s environmental heritage
Investigation is currently underway to determine if there is any ENC chart that is including said bulge in the Venezuelan maritime waters, the result of which will be notified in the future.