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Oil Tanker FSO Safer Poses an Environmental and Economic Threat to Yemen and the Red Sea Region

The Floating Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) Safer, once owned by the Yemeni government but now controlled by the Houthis’, is at risk of failing and causing an oil spill of 1.148 million barrels of Marib light crude oil into the Red Sea region.[1] This is four times the amount of oil that was spilled in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez incident in 1989. Currently moored in the Port of Ras Isa, Yemen, the Safer has not received any maintenance or systems check since 2015, which is especially troubling considering the ship was built in 1974.[2] On May 27, a leak resulted in seawater spilling into the engine room, and while the incident was contained, it illustrated the critical need for insp

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