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Wednesday October 16, 2013 MYT 7:44:25 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd has thanked the Venezuelan government for releasing the 36-member crew of SapuraKencana research vessel Teknik Perdana.
Its president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Shahril Samsuddin said the crew members were picked up by Venezuela’s navy and taken to Margarita Island for checks while working in disputed waters last Thursday.
“We wish to express our gratitude to the Venezuelan government for taking care of the safety and welfare of the crew, which comprises multiple nationalities.
“Our thanks also to the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry for rendering timely assistance in the matter which has resulted in a positive outcome for our staff and company,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Teknik Perdana was conducting a seabed survey for its customer Anadarko Petroleum USA, which was working for the Guyana government, when it was boarded by Venezuelan navy personnel and sailed to Margarita Island.
It has been reported that the area where the survey work was being conducted was being disputed by the governments of Guyana and Venezuela. — Bernama
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