Yemen: Tankers

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd September 2020.

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Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has prepared a contingency plan in the event that the abandoned FSO Safer oil tanker off the coast of Yemen capsizes.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We remain deeply concerned by the deteriorating state of the FSO SAFER oil tanker. The Foreign Secretary raised the tanker's dire condition, which poses an environmental, economic and humanitarian threat to Yemen and the region, during the P5+ High Level Ministerial meeting on 17 September. The Houthis urgently need to grant access to the tanker so that the UN can inspect the vessel and carry out any much needed repair work. The UK is working with the UN and other donors to ensure the mission proceeds and that comprehensive UN contingency plans are in place should a leak occur.

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