UN / YEMEN SAFER OIL TANKER

21-Sep-2022 00:02:02
The United Nations received pledges and commitments “sufficient to start the FSO Safer salvage operation,” David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen told reporters in New York. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

1. Various shots, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

21 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen:
“We have now received pledges and commitments sufficient to start the FSO Safer salvage operation.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen:
“We are we have divided the operation into two phases: the immediate phase is to get the initial transfer of oil into another vessel and second phase to have a permanent storage solution for that oil until the political situation allows for it to be sold or otherwise transported elsewhere.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen:
“At this point, getting firstly a political agreement from the parties in Aden and Sana’a was extremely important step, getting the resources to act, extremely important step that has now been realized. So the final piece really is the action to carry out the salvage operation.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen:
“There will be a period of a few weeks of mobilization for that followed by a four-month operation to actually stabilize the existing vessel for the work to transfer the oil into a second vessel and then for completing the work and the long term storage of that.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
11. Wide shot, exterior, Consulate General of the Netherlands
12. Various shots, Liesje DSchreinemacher, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Tim Lenderking, US Special Envoy for Yemen, German Director-General for Crisis prevention, Stabilization, Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, and Humanitarian Assistance, Ahned Awad Bin Mubarak, Yemen Foreign Minister, David Gressly, UN Resident coordinator and Humanitarian coordinator for Yemen at the event.
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The United Nations (UN) received pledges and commitments “sufficient to start the FSO Safer salvage operation,” David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen said.

The FSO Safer is an aging supertanker off Yemen’s Red Sea coast with one million barrels of oil aboard. It could break up or explode at any time. If the world does not act, the spill will happen, unleashing an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe with profound economic costs across the region.

The UN has a two-track plan to prevent the disaster and deliver a long-term solution.

Donors have generously pledged the $75 million required for the emergency operation to transfer the oil to a safe vessel. Now the UN needs donors to convert pledges to cash so that work can begin as soon as possible. The second phase of the UN-coordinated plan requires a further $38 million to install safe long-term replacement capacity for the Safer.

On the logistics of the operation, Gressly told reporters today (21 Sep) in New York, “there will be a period of a few weeks of mobilization for that, followed by a four-month operation to actually stabilize the existing vessel for the work to transfer the oil into a second vessel and then for completing the work and the long term storage of that.”

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen was joined at a press conference at UN headquarters by senior officials from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands.

Earlier today, the pledge was announced at a side event at the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands. It was co-hosted by the Netherlands and Germany.

The United Nations thanked the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the European Union, Qatar, Norway, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland and Luxemburg for pledges, as well as the 2,000 individuals that have generously contributed more than $150,000 to the crowdfunding campaign for the plan and the multinational HSA Group, which announced a contribution of $1.2 million – the first donation by a private entity that could serve as a catalyst for further contributions.
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