The UK P&I Club have received the following circular from Globalpandi, regarding a maritime and air traffic ban to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao from Venezuela.
A maritime and air traffic ban to the ABC Islands was verbally ordered by President Maduro on a public speech on 5th January 2018, and simply followed by a Notice to Mariners No. 04/18 of same day issued by the Venezuelan maritime authority, known as the INEA. The prohibition that applies to outbound traffic supposed to last for 72 hours. Nevertheless, thereafter the INEA issued a new Notice to Mariners No. 06/18 dated 9th January 2018 ratifying prohibition of traffic for ships with perishable cargo or not, from Venezuela to Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire until further notice. Prohibition apples to traffic of cargo and passengers by sea and plane alike.