In an attempt to avoid a possible catastrophic spill of 1.1 million barrels of crude oil, a UN Spokesman has confirmed that the United Nations is preparing a team, to assess a neglected tanker off Yemen.
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said, “The local de facto authorities in Yemen, officially communicated to the UN, their approval for an UN-led technical assessment and repair mission, onboard the Safer oil tanker, off the coast of Ras Issa.”
In Stephane Dujarric’s statement, the “local de facto authorities” refer to the Houthi rebels, who control much of the besieged Yemen’s northern area.
Stephane Dujarric also said that the Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on the issue on July 15.
Stephane Dujarric said, “We are working to ensure the technical team can be deployed as soon as possible, to assess the condition of the tanker and undertake initial repairs”.
He added that that the UN team will assess and pave way for feasible light repairs, and will also advise on any remaining measures that would be needed, to avoid an oil spill, which would be catastrophic for Yemeni communities, the Red Sea environment, bordering countries and their communities, as well as international maritime traffic.