Middle East

UN announces ‘major breakthrough’ to prevent Yemen oil spill disaster

Thu, 2023-03-09 17:36

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said Thursday it had bought a ship to remove oil and avoid a potentially catastrophic spill from a tanker decaying for years off the coast of war-ravaged Yemen.
The UN Development Program said it had signed a contract to purchase a crude carrier from major tanker company Euronav that will head to Yemen to remove the oil from the beleaguered FSO Safer.

The Safer contains 1.1 million barrels of oil — four times as much as that spilled in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, one of the world’s worst ecological catastrophes. (File/AFP)
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