A damaged Venezuelan oil tanker recently tilting to one side in the Caribbean after taking on water poses no significant risk of spilling and causing an environmental catastrophe, officials of Trinidad and Tobago said on Thursday, reassuring the public that the double-hulled tanker, which had been thought to be on the brink of sinking and spewing 1.3 million barrels of oil, is “intact”. Al Jazeera reports that Venezuelan officials have denied all along that any risk existed but nonetheless are in the process of unloading oil from the tanker to further avoid disaster, an operation expected to take up to 35 days.