The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, Inger Andersen, said, “The Houthi coup militia has not given any guarantees related to the maintenance of the (Safer) oil tank in the Red Sea.”
Andersen, during a briefing she gave at a Security Council session today on SAFER, called on all parties to intervene to solve the floating oil tank crisis in the Red Sea “to avoid an imminent environmental disaster.”
She said, “The presence of a leak from the reservoir or its explosion are two possible things that threaten navigation in the Red Sea, and this will lead to the closure of the Hodeidah port and will affect the Yemeni economy significantly.”
The high-level UN official stressed the need to work on an emergency plan in the event of a leak from the Safer reservoir, which the internationally recognized Yemeni government is working on to avoid the “imminent danger.”
The United Nations and the Houthi militia held intensive discussions over the past ten days regarding security guarantees and facilities for the arrival and deployment of a technical UN team to assess and maintain the (Safer) tank before it stumbled due to the militias’ intransigence.
Last night, the United Nations held the Houthi militia responsible for any repercussions regarding the (Safer) reservoir, after negotiations between the two sides failed and reached a dead end.
Last February, the terrorist Houthi militia obstructed the United Nations team’s access to the Safer tank, which the United Nations considered at the time “disturbing signs”, as the militia had previously reneged on its commitments more than once.
The government and the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen have repeatedly warned of an unprecedented environmental catastrophe in the event of an “imminent” explosion of the Safer reservoir, which is anchored 4.8 nautical miles from the Ras Issa oil port in the Hodeidah Governorate and has been used by the Yemeni government for nearly 30 years as a reservoir. Floating with a capacity of three million barrels to receive and export crude oil, and it has not been maintained for six years, although it contains 1.14 million barrels.