November 6, 2005

Two tankers collide in Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Two tankers collided on
Venezuela's western Lake Maracaibo on Sunday, but authorities
expected key oil shipping lanes to be unaffected by the
accident, a port official said.

Local port official Capt. Oscar Ramirez told Globovision
television that one of the vessels was being moved from the
lake and he said he expected shipping to be clear by Monday
morning when operations restarted.

Ramirez did not provide any details about any spillage from
the accident or the extent of damage to the vessels.

Venezuela, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, is a key
supplier of crude and fuel to the United States. Lake Maracaibo
is one of the country's major oil output and shipping centers.