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Risk of environmental disaster as Safer tanker decays in Yemen

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 30, 2020
Six Arab countries have filed a request to the UN to access the Safer oil tanker filled with 138 million liters of Yemeni oil to prevent an environmental disaster of drastic proportions.
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The tanker’s decay in Hodeidah would cause an environmental disaster with dire economic and humanitarian consequences, threatening millions of residents in the Hodeidah governorate and the Red Sea riparian countries.

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“It’s a great danger,” political analyst Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri told Arab News. The tanker has been lying in the port of Ras Isa for five years without any maintenance.

UN ambassadors from Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen said in the letter that an explosion or leak from the Safer would close the port of Hodeidah for several months. This would halt critical imports and “could increase fuel prices by 800 percent and double the price of goods and food, resulting in more economic challenges for the people of Yemen,” they said.