Seawater starts leaking into FSO Safer Oil Tanker

Republican Yemen

The condition of the floating oil tanker, FSO, that is moored in the Red Sea keeps worsening as seawater started to seep into the FSO, which is loaded with more than 1.1 million barrels of crude oil, sources familiar with the matter said.

The photos show seawater leaking into the tanker, a sign of a potential sinking of the entire vessel, and releasing all the oil into the sea.

According to the sources, there are modest attempts to contain the leaking by the engineering team of the tanker; however, the engineers lack proper kits to maintain the tanker.

So far, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels refuse to allow UN experts to have access to the tanker and continue to use the vessel as a bargaining chip, overlooking the catastrophic impact the tanker would have on the ecosystem if oil starts leaking.

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