Yemen is helping to put the seawater in an abandoned tanker

Cairo An oil tanker filled with 1 million barrels of crude oil has been discharged off the coast of Yemen and is likely to explode or explode. International shipping route.

Internal documents obtained by the Associated Press say seawater has entered the tanker's engine compartment, which has not been stored for more than five years, causing damage to pipelines and increasing the risk of sinking. Corrosion covered parts of the tanker and inert gases, preventing tanks from collecting combustible gases. Experts say the damage to the ship could not be repaired because it could not be repaired.

Over the years, the U.N. Inspectors are trying to assess the damage done to a vessel called FSO Safe and are looking for ways to secure the tanker by unloading oil and pulling the vessel to safety.

But the European diplomat, Yemeni government official and owner of the tanker company said the Houthi rebels were protesting. The diplomat said the rebels viewed the ship as "a deterrent to having nuclear weapons." Three people spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.

The diplomat said, "They have publicly said that if anything happens against the U.N. and the international community, we would like to attack it." "The Houthis are definitely the reason for not seeing the U.N. ship."

Money is also an issue, the diplomat said, as the Houthis initially demanded millions of dollars in exchange for oil stored in the tanker. The diplomat said the UN was trying to reach an arrangement that would use the money to pay for workers and workers in the ports of the Red Sea.

However, some experts say the Houthis and the U.N. Both were criticized for failing to fully understand the magnitude of the crisis with the abandoned ship.

Ian Ralby, I. R. Founder. The Consilium, which specializes in maritime and resource security, urged the U.N. to send a team to assess the ship. "Efforts are in vain." He said the ship needed a salvage team

"It is a real shame that he wastes so much money and time in this wasteful operation," Ralby said. "If you take all these years to get a team that is simple to assess, we won't have a second chance at disposal," he said.

Ralby, who wrote extensively about the tanker, told the AP that the cost of cleaning up the environmental damage from an explosion or leak could be as high as millions of dollars of oil onboard.

But the Houthis have not shied away from their demands.

Rebel leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi accused the US and Saudi of not allowing the rebels to sell oil in a June 18 Twitter post, claiming that "there are no devastating results ... God forbid," resulting in a collapse. Perhaps this ship is the responsibility of these two countries.

The Houthi rebels control the western Red Sea port, including Ross Issa, 6 km (3.7 mi) from the 1980s, the FSO Safe Tanker. They are at war with an internationally recognized government in exile, supported by the Saudi-led coalition and the United States.

The floating tanker is a Japanese-built ship, built in the 1970s and sold to the Yemeni government in the 1980s, stored for exporting up to 3 million barrels from oil fields in Marib, a province in eastern Yemen. The ship is a 36-meter longship with 34 storage tanks.

A senior state-owned official responsible for the tanker said the company no longer needed to buy special fuel, as the operating budget was cut by about $ 20 million a year. Run the boiler on the ship. Boilers need electric generators, among other things, inert gas to prevent an explosion. The tanker needs 11,000 tonnes of fuel, which costs $ 8 million annually.

A company official said, "Most of the equipment and tanker machines are shut down after the boiler stops because they are all based on steam power." Energizing machines are added to the ventilation system, which reduces humidity and prevents erosion.

Since 2015, annual maintenance on the ship has been completely stopped and most of the crew, except 10, have been pulled from the ship before the Saudi-led coalition embarked on an extensive air campaign. Land, sea and air bundle were kept. The removal of Houthi rebels from those areas, including the capital Sanaa.

The U.N. says the delay in taking steps to safely address the FSO could cause a man-made environmental disaster in the Red Sea. Repeatedly warned, this is four times more than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

A senior official of a state-owned company responsible for the tanker said a similar oil spill off the coast of Yemen is exacerbating the country's worsening humanitarian disaster.

"When Disaster Occurs," Safeguarding Yemen from a terrible and imminent catastrophe, which raises the burden of Yemen for ten years and tens of thousands of their lives lost, and marine life in the Red Sea. "

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