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Beyond the Headlines: The 'floating bomb' off Yemen's Red Sea Coast

UN officials warn that without urgent maintenance, the FSO Safer tanker could unleash an environmental catastrophe

The unmaintained FSO Safer off Yemen's Red Sea coast has been described as a "floating bomb", pictured in March 2005. Getty
The unmaintained FSO Safer off Yemen's Red Sea coast has been described as a "floating bomb", pictured in March 2005. Getty

Moored off Yemen’s Red Sea Coast is a rusting oil tanker, with a million barrels of crude oil aboard.

It has been described as a floating bomb.

After going without maintenance for the duration of Yemen’s four-year civil war, the UN says it is now at risk of exploding, potentially unleashing an environmental catastrophe on an historic scale.

But, with 80 million dollars’ worth of oil involved, Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government have disagreed on what is to be done.

This week on Beyond the headlines we look at the case of the FSO Safer, the “floating bomb” that has become a bargaining chip in Yemen’s devastating conflict.

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Updated: May 16, 2019 04:05 PM

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