The United Nations said that it needs about 144 million dollars to solve the crisis of the malfunctioning “Safer” oil tank in the Red Sea waters off the port of Ras Issa in the Hodeidah Governorate in western Yemen, which threatens to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil off the coast of Yemen.
The Office of the Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Yemen, David Grisley, said in a statement: “About 144 million dollars are urgently needed to resolve the crisis … including 80 million dollars urgently to implement the emergency operation to eliminate the immediate threat and transport oil from Ali Safer to A safe temporary ship during the summer.
The Safer reservoir has been stuck off the Yemeni oil port for more than six years, and United Nations officials have warned that the reservoir could leak four times more oil than the Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska in 1989. The statement indicated the need to complete the rescue operation between June ( June) and September, because the strong winds and fluctuations in currents will make the operation by the beginning of October more dangerous and will increase the possibility of the tanker’s collapse.
On Saturday, the United Nations announced the organization of an international donors conference, in joint coordination with the Netherlands, on May 11, to collect donations for the emergency plan that it intends to implement at a cost of $80 million to save the reservoir.
The 45-year-old tanker Safer is used as a floating port and is now loaded with 1.14 million barrels of crude oil.
The ship has not undergone any maintenance since 2015 due to Houthi intransigence, which has led to the erosion of its hull and the deterioration of its condition significantly, in a way that threatens the occurrence of the largest environmental and marine disaster in the Red Sea region.