The UN has started a complex salvage operation to remove 1.1 million barrels of oil from the FSO Safer, a decaying supertanker moored off Yemen's Red Sea coast, to avert an imminent risk of explosion or environmental catastrophe.
Why it matters
The salvage operation is crucial to prevent a potential environmental disaster and protect the Red Sea and Yemen's coastline from a devastating oil spill, which could have severe ecological and humanitarian consequences.
What the papers say
The Guardian highlights the impact of Western oil companies exacerbating water shortages and causing pollution in Iraq, while The Times and BBC News focus on the UN's salvage operation to avert a potential environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea. The New York Times provides a comprehensive overview of the FSO Safer's history and the potential consequences of an oil spill.
How we got here
The FSO Safer, a decaying supertanker holding over 1 million barrels of oil, has been a long-standing concern due to the risk of explosion or oil spill. The UN's salvage operation aims to transfer the oil to a seaworthy tanker to avert a potential environmental disaster.
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The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.
Yemen, officially the Republic of Yemen, is a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the second-largest Arab sovereign state in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 square kilometres.
The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden.
Achim Steiner is an environmentalist who currently serves as the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chairman of United Nations Sustainable Development Group.
FSO Safer is a floating oil storage and offloading vessel that is moored in the Red Sea north of the Yemeni city of Al Hudaydah.