Maritime Organization (IMO)Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed
the huge step made in securing funding for the first stage of a UN-coordinated
plan to address the threat of a major oil spill from the FSO Safer,
moored off Yemen.
a side-event in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA)
in New York, United States, it was confirmed that US$ 77 million has now been
pledged following a funding campaign.
enough to begin the first, emergency phase of the planned operation. This
envisages mitigating risks by transferring the oil in the decaying floating
storage and offloading unit to a safe temporary vessel.
“I am pleased that the international community has come together to
support the UN-wide efforts to mitigate the threat of the impending significant
environmental incident,” Mr. Lim said. “This is a significant milestone in our collaborative work to address
this threat. By acting now, there is a good chance to avert disaster.”
been supporting contingency planning efforts in the region to prepare for a
possible spill from FSO Safer and to limit the impacts should one occur. An oil
spill from FSO Safer would be a humanitarian and environmental disaster, with
huge economic impacts for the shipping and maritime industry throughout the
ministerial-level UNGA side-event was co-hosted by the Federal Republic of
Germany. the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America.
additional US$38 million is still required for a longer-term solution. Further
funding pledges are welcomed and encouraged.