Britain calls again on the Houthis to allow maintenance of Safer tanker

Britain calls again on the Houthis to allow maintenance of Safer tanker

Alsahwa Net-The British Ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aron, called again on Monday on the Houthis militia to allow the United Nations (UN) technical teams access the Safer tanker for assessment and maintenance. 

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper quoted Aron urging the Houthis to allow the experts to access the tanker to assess the condition of the tanker and advise on the best ways to deal with the problem.

The tanker is landed off Ras Issa port of the Red Sea, north Hodeida city.

Loaded with over one million barres of oil, the Safer tanker has been left with no maintenance since the Houthis took control of Hodeida early 2015.

The tanker has been docked in the same location since it entered service in Yemen in the 1986.

The Yemeni government officials warned frequently about imminent threat if oil spills out of the tanker.

The officials say that an environmental and national disaster could happen at any time in the Red Sea four times greater than the US Exxon Valdez disaster.

Yemen’s maritime natural resources including the fishery species in the Red Sea are at a great risk if the oil spills from the tanker.

The Yemeni government addressed earlier the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutters on the issue and demanded exercising more pressures on the Houthis to allow repairing checks of the tanker.

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