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UN buys carrier to remove oil from FSO Safer ship near Yemen

The FSO Safer fell into disarray after Houthi rebels seized control of it in the Red Sea, and it could cause an environmental disaster in war-torn Yemen.
Yemen tanker

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced on Thursday that it reached a breakthrough in its efforts to prevent a major oil spill off the coast of Yemen

UNDP signed an agreement with the Belgian transportation firm Euronav to purchase a “Very Large Crude Carrier.” The ship will remove more than a million barrels of oil that is stuck on the decaying FSO Safer ship in the Red Sea near the Yemeni coast. It is currently undergoing modifications and maintenance before setting sail for Yemen and is expected to arrive in early May, UNDP said in a press release. 

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