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Canada This tanker anchored off Yemen since 2015 could cause an unprecedented disaster

22:50  12 october  2021
22:50  12 october  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Cette image satellite montre une vue rapprochée du pétrolier « FSO Safer » le 19 juin 2020 au proche du port d’Hodeida, au Yémen. © Photo: 2020 Maxar Technologies / Via AFP This satellite image shows a close-up view of the tanker "FSO SAFER" on June 19th 2020 in the near the port of 'Hodeida, in Yemen.

FSO SAFER is a 45-year-old tanker, anchored at the Red Sea off Yemen since 2015, and containing more than a million barrels of oil. Its shell rotates and the risk of black tide increases day by day, threatening to deprive water more than 8 million people in a week.

It contains 1.1 million barrels, about 172 101 tonnes of oil. It's four times more than Erika , this ship causing one of the most serious oil spills in France in 1999. This is what sleeps in the FSO Safer, a 45-year-old tanker, anchored at the Red Sea, off the coast of Yemen. It is a trial of the rebels held in 2015, at the beginning of the Yemeni civil war, when they take control of the coast off which the ship is moored. Since then, "the structure, equipment and operating systems of the Safer is deteriorating, which places the risk of leakage, explosion or fire", warned last year the UN in a statement. On Monday, October 11, a study piloted by American researchers and published in the British Scientific Journal Nature Sustainability , cited by the daily The Guardian , review the environmental disaster that could result. This study relies on a modeling of the oil spill.

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The consequence would be dramatic for Yemeni, for the inhabitants of neighboring countries (Saudi Arabia, Eritrea), as well as for the Biodiversity or world trade. Scientists estimate that in 24 hours almost half of the Safer oil could disperse at sea, and that the remaining would put six to ten days to reach the coasts of Yemen, a country already berupted by a devastating civil war.

La modélisation de la marée noire que pourrait causer le Safer, en hiver (haut), et en été (bas). © Source: Nature Sustainability The modeling of the oil tide that could cause the Safer, in winter (high), and in summer (low).

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Si le « Safer », vieux de 45 ans, déversait son pétrole dans la mer Rouge, cela aurait des conséquences désastreuses pour la vie marine et pour des millions de personnes. © AFP photo / satellite Image © 2020 Maxar Technologies if the "Safer", old 45, spilling his oil into the Red Sea, it would have disastrous consequences for marine life and millions of people.

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