YEMEN / FSO SAFER OIL TRANSFER COMPLETED

11-Aug-2023 00:03:11
The United Nations successfully completed the transfer of more than 1.1 million barrels of oil from the FSO Safer supertanker off Yemen’s Red Sea coast, preventing the immediate threat of a massive spill off Yemen’s Red Sea coast. BOSKALIS / UNDP / UNITED NATIONS
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STORY: YEMEN / FSO SAFER OIL TRANSFER COMPLETED
TRT: 03:11
SOURCE: UNDP, UNITED NATIONS, BOSKALIS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 AUGUST 2023, BERLIN, GERMANY / 10 AUGUST 2023, ADEN, YEMEN / 09 AUGUST 2023, HODEIDAH, YEMEN / 27 JULY 2023, HODEIDAH, YEMEN / 25 JULY 2023, HODEIDAH, YEMEN / RECENT, HODEIDAH, YEMEN
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09 AUGUST 2023, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

1. Various shots, aerial views of the SFO Safer and MOST Yemen
2. Aerial shot, Ndeavour alongside FSO Safer
3. Various shots, aerial views of the SFO Safer and MOST Yemen
4. Various shots, engineers at work on ship deck

27 JULY 2023, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

5. Aerial shot, support vessel and alongside MOST Yemen (formerly Nautica)
6. Various shots, aerial views of the SFO Safer and MOST Yemen (formerly Nautica) side by side at sea
7. Aerial shot, the SFO Safer and MOST Yemen (formerly Nautica)
8. Med shot, the two oil tankers side by side
9. Zoom in, crew aboard the SFO Safer
10. Various shots, aerial views the two tanker and supporting ships around

10 AUGUST 2023, BERLIN, GERMANY

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner Administrator, United Nations Development Programme:
“Today I'm very pleased and grateful to join the United Nations Secretary-General to join my colleagues in the United Nations system, but also with gratitude to the many who have helped to make this operation possible and to report that we have completed the transfer of the over 1.1 million barrels of oil.”

27 JULY 2023, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

12. Aerial shot, crew connecting cables to the Safer
13. Med shot, crew men wearing helmets, connecting pipes on ship
14. Med shot, crew person putting the gas mask on
15. Med shot, crew with gas masks rolling in pipes
16. Med shot, crew person turning a large wheel while another holds umbrella over him for shade

10 AUGUST 2023, ADEN, YEMEN

17. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, United Nations:
“After eight years of waiting and two years of intense work, the global community has come together through 23 member states at the United Nations, through the private sector and the global public to achieve a significant milestone here today.”

25 JULY 2023, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

18. Aerial shot, the “Yemen”
19. Various shots, aerial views of the two ships at sea – zoom out

10 AUGUST 2023, BERLIN, GERMANY

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner Administrator, United Nations Development Programme:
“This is a major disaster averted. It was a ticking time bomb, as many called it, and it could have destroyed hundreds of thousands of livelihoods. It could have affected the shipping up the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal. It could have destroyed biodiversity and fisheries for a quarter of a century.”

RECENT, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

21. Various shots, engineers at work on ship deck
22. Various shots, aerial views of support vessel
STORYLINE
The United Nations successfully today (11 Aug) completed the transfer of more than 1.1 million barrels of oil from the FSO Safer supertanker off Yemen’s Red Sea coast, preventing the immediate threat of a massive spill off Yemen’s Red Sea coast.

SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner Administrator, United Nations Development Programme:
“Today I'm very pleased and grateful to join the United Nations Secretary-General to join my colleagues in the United Nations system, but also with gratitude to the many who have helped to make this operation possible and to report that we have completed the transfer of the over 1.1 million barrels of oil.”

The Safer has been at risk of breaking up or exploding for years. A major spill from the vessel would have resulted in an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Gressly, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, United Nations:
“After eight years of waiting and two years of intense work, the global community has come together through 23 member states at the United Nations, through the private sector and the global public to achieve a significant milestone here today.”

The full cargo of oil aboard the FSO Safer has been pumped onto the replacement vessel MOST Yemen (formerly Nautica) in a ship-to-ship transfer that began on 25 July, following preparations on site for the operation that began in May by leading marine salvage company SMIT, a subsidiary of Boskalis.

SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner Administrator, United Nations Development Programme:
“This is a major disaster averted. It was a ticking time bomb, as many called it, and it could have destroyed hundreds of thousands of livelihoods. It could have affected the shipping up the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal. It could have destroyed biodiversity and fisheries for a quarter of a century.”

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), which contracted SMIT, is implementing the operation.
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