Safer official: Continuing negotiation with Houthis farce

2021-04-08 | Since 2 Week

FSO Safer

Riyadh (Debriefer) - Ongoing negotiations with the Houthi group on the floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility Safer are farce, a senior official in Safer company for oil production and explorations has said.
Safer owner's appeals in the past period aimed to get crude out of the FSO facility and to spare the region the trouble of a looming environment catastrophe, the official added in remarks to Asharq al-Awsat.
The Yemeni State-owned supertanker of Safer has not been repaired since 2014, with corrosion making the FSO facility at risk of spilt or explosion and, thus, the Red Sea at risk of the worst environment disaster.
UN experts warn that Safer could spill as four times as the crude leaked from Exxon Valdez in 1989 off Alaska.
Last January, the UN said its team of experts would reach the tanker at the beginning of March, but the mission was delayed again on 25 March due to Houthi additional demands.
Last week, the Houthis called on the UN to avoid dangers caused by a potential explosion of Safer that could "stop the world" for a long time.

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