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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.
Farouk Alireza, a senior executive of PDV Marina, was quoted by the Caracas Daily Journal as saying, "We regard the relationship between Venezuela as a supplier of crude and the U.S. as a market as a very special one," OPEC News Agency reported. …