Today, Sunday, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided 10 million US dollars to contribute to confronting the existing threat from the oil tanker “Safer” anchored in the Red Sea coast north of the city of Hodeidah.
The center said in a press statement that the Kingdom has always supported the efforts of the United Nations to confront and avoid the potential economic, humanitarian and environmental threats to the oil tanker “Safer” and the repercussions of the oil spill from it, which could cause a major environmental and navigational disaster.
The statement called on the United Nations to quickly take the necessary measures to prevent oil leakage and to transfer it to a safe place or benefit from it for the benefit of the Yemeni people, calling on the international community to contribute urgently to support this initiative and prevent a serious environmental disaster.
Stressing that the Kingdom has warned on more than one occasion that in the event of an oil spill from the “Safer” tanker, which contains more than one million barrels and has not been maintained since 2015, the world will witness the largest environmental disaster that threatens life under water, fish wealth and biodiversity as a result of the oil spill.
Pointing out that the Kingdom’s keenness on Yemen’s stability and support for UN efforts to develop solutions to all that threatens international peace and security, several meetings and discussions were held with the international community in this regard to reach the need to support a rescue plan for the Safer tanker.
The Safer is a dilapidated oil tanker carrying 1.1 million barrels of oil, anchored 6 miles off the Yemeni coast. It could cause an explosion or a leak to one of the most dangerous oil spill disasters in history, according to a study conducted by Greenpeace Research Laboratories.