The 45-year-old floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility carrying 1.1 million barrels of oil have been moored 4.8 nautical miles southwest of Yemen’s west coast in the Ras Issa peninsula for more than 30 years, preventing the RedSea oil spill disaster in Yemen.
The FSO Safer, which is at risk of spilling its oil due to leakages or an explosion, is a time bomb sitting off Yemen’s Red Sea coast. The oil spill will cause the already war and crisis-wracked country to wipe out 200,000 livelihoods and will expose citizens to life-threatening toxins.
According to the United Nations (UN), https://twitter.com/UN?s=20&t=ygDyEmiJrPVKsOfgA6s_jw the oil spill will also close the ports of Hudaydah and Saleef in Yemen, minimizing the already critical entry points for food, fuel, and other commodities.
Furthermore, the disaster would destroy and harm the seawater, reefs, marine life, and life-supporting mangroves in the Red Sea while putting Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Somalia at risk, costing $20 billion to clean up the sea after the disaster and 25 years to restock the fisheries.
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It will also cause a disruption in shipping in Bab al-Mandab Strait, a shipping passageway to the Suez Canal; RedSea oil spill disaster.
The maintenance of the vessel was stopped in 2015 due to conflicts between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels, and it is now beyond repair.
An UN-coordinated plan was made to prevent the spill with a cost of $144 million, including $80 million for emergency operations. The plan is backed by the Yemeni government and a memorandum of understanding was signed with the de facto authorities who control the area. The plan includes an emergency operation of transfer of oil to a temporary vessel over four months, eliminating the immediate threat and installing a long-term replacement for the decrepit tanker within an 18-month period.
The U.N. pledging conference held in the Netherlands last month brought in $33 million, far short of its $80 million targets, and Saudi Arabia on Sunday pledged $10 million, adding $43 million in total. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, David Gressly, announced a global public crowdfunding campaign yesterday to reach the $80 million target by the end of this month.
Donate using this link: https://www.un.org/stopredseaspill