Once Again, Houthis Interfere With UN Mission to Save Decaying Tanker
The UN project to assess and stabilize the deteriorating FSO Safer has been put on hold yet again by the Houthi rebels who control Yemen’s northwestern coastline. This time, the delay could be more serious.
In November, a UN technical mission reached formal acceptance with the Houthis on a scope of work for inspection and “light maintenance” aboard the decaying FSO, which is laden with 1.1 million barrels of oil. However, UN officials report that the Houthis will not guarantee the security of the team, and may be reconsidering the agreement to allow inspectors onto the ship at all.
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