UN finally acts on deteriorating tanker

“The FSO Safer has not been maintained since 2015 because of the conflict in Yemen. It has decayed to the point where there is an imminent risk it could explode or break apart, which would have disastrous effects on the region,” the United Nations said in the statement.

FSO Safer is the ex ULCC Esso Japan:

The two sister ships “Esso Tokyo” (406.258 dwt) and “Esso Japan” (406.640 dwt), both built 1976,
are on this picture laid up in Ålesund, Norway, July, 1985:

Photo/Copyright: Anders Rydberg

Seen here as “Safer” laid up near Aalesund on 16/8/1986.
Photo: Mike Ridgard

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