The United Nations has announced that the process of unloading the decrepit and floating Safer tank off Cape Ras Issa on the west coast of Yemen onto a replacement ship (Nautica) will begin next week, a process that should take about two weeks. .
This was stated by the head of the country support service and the crisis office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Janthomas Hemstra, in a tweet on his Twitter account.
“Next week, as planned, the dedicated support vessel Endeavor should begin transferring oil from the Safer reservoir to the replacement vessel (Nautica),” Hemstra said.
He added that inspection procedures for the dilapidated oil tank continue at a high pace, and after their completion, the process of transporting oil by the Dutch company Boskalis and its vessel (Endeavour) will begin.
Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Yemen David Gresley previously indicated that the transfer process would not exceed two weeks and said: “If there are no complications, the transfer of crude oil from the dilapidated tank to the replacement ship will be completed within a certain time period.” ranging from 10 to 14 days.
Safer is a decrepit oil tanker with 1.1 million barrels of oil (over 140,000 tons) on board, moored 6 miles off the coast of Yemen, and an explosion or leak from the Safer oil tanker could lead to one of the most serious oil spill disasters in history. according to research conducted by Greenpeace Research Laboratories.
The Safer oil spill, if it occurs, will destroy coral reefs, coastal mangroves and other marine life in the Red Sea and expose millions of people to air pollution. The impact of the spill on coastal communities will also be devastating, as hundreds of thousands of fishermen will lose their livelihoods overnight. It will take more than 25 years to restore fish stocks.