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Note to correspondents from the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. Yemen: Safer oil tanker

The United Nations stresses the urgency of resolving the ongoing threat posed by the Safer oil tanker, an aging floating storage and offloading vessel moored off Yemen’s west coast, 60 kilometres north of Hudaydah.   

Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen in 2015, the tanker has received almost no maintenance or upkeep while holding some 1.1 million barrels of crude oil. Safer’s structure, equipment and operating systems are deteriorating, leaving the tanker at...