Will the world act to save stricken Yemen oil tanker and avert environmental disaster?

FORBES | For months the rusting hull of a stricken oil tanker lying off the Yemen coast has been causing mounting concern among international observers, but little has been done to resolve the problem.


The SFO Safer is carrying a cargo of almost 1.2 million barrels of crude oil – four times more than the Exxon Valdez, which became a byword for environmental disaster when it ran aground in Alaska in 1989. United Nations officials warn there is not much time to ensure the Safer – which in late May sprang a leak which has flooded the engine room – does not eclipse that reputation.


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