FSO operations for safer oil transfer begin next week Ship’s crew

The transfer of crude oil from the ailing tanker FSO safer A senior United Nations humanitarian official told the UN Security Council on Monday that the operation stranded off the coast of Yemen is expected to begin early next week.

The safer, The ship, carrying over 1.1 million barrels of oil, has been abandoned off the coast of Yemen’s Red Sea since 2015 amid the ongoing civil war. Due to lack of maintenance, the condition of the ship has deteriorated significantly, raising fears of a possible environmental disaster.

The United Nations has warned that a major oil spill would devastate fishing communities on Yemen’s Red Sea coast and immediately affect the livelihoods of about 200,000 people. The cost of the cleanup alone is estimated at $20 billion, while disruption to shipping through the Bab al-Mandab strait to the Suez Canal could cost billions more in global trade losses every day.

According to David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, the VLCC tanker Nautical prepares to sail from Djibouti and moor on the coast safer and start the transfer, which is expected to take about two weeks. The tanker was purchased from Belgian tanker company Euronav in April by the UN Development Program (UNDP), which is leading the UN-coordinated operation.

“Completing the ship-to-ship transfer of oil by early August will be a moment for the whole world to breathe easy,” Gressly said, adding that “the worst-case scenario is humanitarian, environmental and economic. One disaster is followed by a massive one.” Oil spill would have been prevented.”

After the oil has been offloaded, the next step in the operation involves the delivery and installation of a CALM (Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring) buoy to which the replacement vessel will be securely attached. This is expected to be the case by September.

Thanks to funding from Member States, the private sector and the general public, who contributed US$300,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, the United Nations was able to raise US$118 million of the US$148 million needed for the project.

UNDP has commissioned the sea rescue company SMIT, a subsidiary of Boskalis, to carry out the oil transfer. Boskalis multipurpose cable laying vessel They are hersr, aboard the SMIT team, arrived on site at the end of May to prepare the safer for the oil transfer process.

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