contributing to international efforts aimed at preventing an oil spill from the
deteriorating floating storage and offloading unit FSO Safer moored off the
coast of Yemen.
is also leading on the contingency planning efforts aimed at enhancing
preparedness to mitigate the environmental impacts of a potential spill.
IMO has mobilised a technical expert to develop contingency plan to
manage response operations in the event of a spill from the FSO Safer
IMO has mobilised
a technical expert to develop contingency plan based on a variety of risk
scenarios, which would play a key role in improving the efficiency,
effectiveness and management of emergency response operations in the event of a
spill from the FSO Safer. The contingency plan will outline the roles and
responsibilities of key players and assist in coordinating the response. It
will also clarify equipment requirements and locations of stockpiles and
identify priority areas. IMO will also provide training to the relevant actors.
The expert is currently working remotely in close communication with all
IMO is offering
technical advice to support the joint international efforts, led by the wider
UN family, to assess the current condition of the FSO Safer and examine ways to
secure the 150,000 MT of light crude oil currently on board.
The risk of an oil spill from the FSO Safer is increasing
reports of water entering the engine room, it is considered that the risk of an
oil spill from the FSO Safer is increasing. The floating storage and offloading
unit, moored off the coast of Yemen, has not been inspected or maintained since
2015, leading to serious concerns about its integrity.
In the case of oil spills, prevention is always better than cure
“In the case of
oil spills, prevention is always better than cure. However, should these
efforts fail, we want to ensure adequate preparedness measures are in place”, Patricia
Charlebois, Deputy Director, Subdivision for Implementation at IMO added. Ms. Charlebois highlighted
that the situation is particularly complex due to the conflict in the region
and the COVID-19 pandemic.