Decaying oil tanker near Yemen could trigger humanitarian disaster

Safer oil tanker seen from above

Safer, an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen in the Red Sea

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A huge abandoned oil tanker anchored off Yemen could unleash a catastrophic oil spill in the Red Sea, bringing starvation and death to the region, according to an analysis of the potential health impacts of such a disaster.

The tanker, called Safer, is anchored about 9 kilometres off the coast of Yemen. It is owned by Yemen’s national oil company, The Safer Exploration & Production Operations Company (SEPOC), which once used it to store crude oil. …

Article amended on 11 October 2021

We corrected the amount of oil the tanker is holding

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