Supertanker spill disaster could happen soon in the Red Sea

Supertanker spill disaster could happen soon in the Red Sea

Alsahwa Net- The largest oil spill in sea waters occurred on 24 March 1989 when Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground and sank nearby shores of Alaska.

 Over 250,000 barrels of oil were spilt out of the tanker in water.

The spill was the worst environmental disaster in history of the United States.

Similar huge oil spill could happen at any time soon in Yemen’s shores of the Red Sea.

The Houthis militia keeps preventing a technical team of the United Nations (UN) from doing a repairing service to the government-owned Safer oil Tanker.

The Safer Oil Tanker began service one year prior the Exxon Valdez’s incident which means that it is 32 years old.

This period suggests that the tanker should have been out of service beyond the fact that it has not undergone any maintenance over the past five years.

Five years ago, the Safer tanker docked about five miles off the Ras Essa Port in the Red Sea, north Hodeida governorate.

The Red Sea is facing a possible environmental disaster worse than Exxon Valdez spill because the Safer tanker could spill out over one million barrels of oil into the sea waters.

The UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths has already stated early this year his alarm by potential oil spill in the Red Sea due inability of the technical teams to access the Safer tanker.

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