Shortages are already chronic given existing sanctions and the covid pandemic, but life for Cubans is about to get even harder.
Demanding a ransom can seem an easy money in a country where 60 percent of people live below the poverty line.
A kidnapping case continues to grip the island, where 49 women have been murdered so far this year and 20 have gone missing.
Although some members of the San Isidro Movement remain in jail, the island's government is in dialogue with the protest group.
If the Nabarima sinks, the resulting oil spill could be six times larger than the Exxon Valdez.
Black market vendors are buying out supermarket supplies of basic goods and selling them at inflated prices on the island.