The United Nations held an unusual session Wednesday to express fears of “catastrophe” if a decaying oil tanker abandoned off Yemen’s coast with 1.1 million barrels of crude on board ruptures into the Red Sea.
Seawater seeping into the decaying oil tanker. (Supplied)
The #UNSC expressed deep alarm at the growing risk that the #Safer oil tanker could rupture or explode, causing an environmental, economic, & humanitarian catastrophe for #Yemen and its neighbours.— German Mission to UN (@GermanyUN) July 15, 2020
👉Full statement: https://t.co/eCv3k2OcjP pic.twitter.com/uSXfDea8CV
A shot showing the rust onboard the FSO Safer. (Supplied)
Risk of explosion
A spill from the decaying oil tanker, SAFER, off the #Yemen coast could directly affect 1.6 million Yemenis - many of whom already depend on humanitarian aid. I briefed the UN Security Council on the situation. The UN remains ready to address the problem: https://t.co/tP94gojQKn pic.twitter.com/zBsGVekV5h— Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) July 15, 2020