Give Access to United Nations so that they will repair Oil Tanker in Red Sea

Give Access to United Nations so that they will repair Oil Tanker in Red Sea

2 October 2020
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Started by Maanvinder Pilania

Yemen is a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia.

The Yemeni Crisis began with the 2011–12 revolution against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had led Yemen for more than three decades. The UN says the conflict has triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people at risk of starvation. According to the World Health Organization, at least 10,000 people have been killed since 2015.

There’s a Oil tanker in Yemen’s Red Sea Coat which is now Rusting. The Oil tanker ‘FSO Safer’ vessel is loaded with more than a million barrels of crude oil. The tanker has had virtually no maintenance since the start of Yemen’s devastating civil war five years ago. The 45-year-old FSO Safer is anchored about 60km (37 miles) north of the rebel-held port of Hudaydah. 

Water recently entered the tanker’s engine room, increasing the risk that the vessel would sink or explode. A temporary fix was found, but the UN said it could have led to disaster. As well as devastating marine life in the Red Sea, an oil spill could destroy the livelihoods of people who depend on the area for fishing.

Yemeni environmental group Holm Akhdar (Green Dream) estimates more than 126,000 people working in the fishing industry could lose their jobs. Warnings in June says “Yemen would need a long period of time to tackle the fallouts of marine pollution. The Red Sea ecology would need over 30 years to recover from the ensuing dire consequences of the oil spillage.”

At the end of June, UN Security Council member states expressed deep alarm at what they said was “the growing risk that the Safer oil tanker could rupture or explode causing an environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe for Yemen and its neighbors”. A spillage could also disrupt one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and affect deliveries of aid supplies to Hudaydah, which is the principal lifeline for just under two-thirds of Yemen’s population. 

The UN urged to Houthi’s authority to “immediately grant unconditional access for United Nations technical experts to assess the tanker’s condition, conduct any possible urgent repairs, and make recommendations for the safe extraction of the oil”. The UN is said to be discussing the sale of the recovered oil, estimated to be worth $40m (£31m), and the division of the proceeds between the Houthi’s and the Yemeni government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states.

However, the Houthi’s have insisted that they should be able to sell the oil.

The World need to wake up and take an immediate action against this. Otherwise, it might be too late . This will be the worst Oil Spill in the history of Human kind. So, please take an immediate action against this. 

I and other peoples urge from Houthi’s authority to please allow the UN to repair the ship. 



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