The United Nations said on Tuesday that the task of United Nations (UN) inspection team of "SAFER" oil Tanker off the coast of Yemen is subject to ongoing technical preparations and climatic conditions.
Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, said: "We have a technical assessment team in Djibouti to look at the issue of the SAFER tanker. We expect the assessment to start either later this week or early next week."
"The SAFER holds about 1.1 million barrels of oil, said the spokesman, adding that it has not had any maintenance since 2015.
"I think it doesn't take much imagination to see what environmental catastrophe could behold if something were to happen to the tanker," he added.
On the 18th of this July, the UN humanitarian chief told the Security Council that Houthi had refused again to give UN officials permits to visit SAFER oil tanker, as the vessel risking the leakage of 1.1 million barrels into the Red Sea.
The UN assessment team intended to examine the vessel next week, Mark Lowcock said in his briefing to the UNSC, but "the needed permits are still pending at Houthi authorities.
Should the vessel erode or explode, "we could see polluted coast along the Red Sea. Based on the period of time and movement of water currents, the leakage could expand from Bab al-Mandeb to Suez Canal,or even the Strait of Hormuz," the UN official warned.
The Yemeni state-owned "SAFER" is a vessel that was turned to SAFER oil tanker. Since 2014, it has been within the range of Houthi fire, and received no repairs, despite its overdue life expectancy.
Yemen has been racked by a 5-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi group (Ansar Allah) who ousted the government in 2014.
The conflict has triggered hard humanitarian conditions and the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, while leaving most population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection.