|R/V Teknik Perdana|
The vessel, with a US-based crew, was operating in the Roraima Block, on behalf of the Government of Guyana, conducting an exploration of the sea floor, when it was intercepted by the Venezuelan naval vessel "Yakuana" and forced to sail to Margarita Island. it current status is unknown. There has been no response yet, by the United States, but you can be certain that it will come shortly, as the recent Venezuelan expulsion of American diplomats in Venezuela, and the subsequent similar American action against Venezuelan diplomats in the US has shown.
|Roraima exploration block|
This seizure could further poison US-Venezuelan relations, and result in an American retaliation, diplomatic or otherwise, that will raise risk levels for foreign investment in Venezuela. The United States has historically responded vigorously to seizures of its vessels and crews, going all the way back to the Barbary Wars, on the north coast of Africa in the nineteenth century. Do not expect it to be ignored.