Ecological disaster in the Red Sea: scientists warn of a major oil spill

Abandoned tanker at sea could cause major environmental disaster

The scientists believe that an inactive tanker in the Red Sea caused a massive environmental disaster. The abandoned tanker holds four times more oil than the Exxon Valdez. In the coming days, an official document will appear, it will contain calls for action related to the removal of oil from the abandoned tanker. It holds up to 4 million barrels of oil, four times more than Exxon Valdez, which suffered a catastrophic oil spill in 1989.

The researchers at Stony Brook University believe that the abandoned tanker Safe is a floating storage facility that should be treated like a time bomb. For many years, access to the tanker has been controlled by the Yemeni Houthis.


They agreed to give permission to a group of UN officials to inspect and repair the vessel as soon as possible. Scientists have created a computer simulation of an oil spill from this abandoned tanker. It shows that massive oil distribution is expected in winter. In recent days, it has indeed occupied significant areas around the tanker.

But in the near future, the potential destruction will become more global, the oil spill will pose a risk to the health of people, aquatic habitats, plants and animals.

If the situation is not kept under control, oil will follow through ocean currents and devastate the resources of the world's oceans, as the coral reefs in the northern Red Sea may be the last reef ecosystems on our planet.


One of the consequences will be the disappearance of fish that live off the coast of Yemen and serve as the main source of food for the population of the region. The ecosystem with its rich biological diversity is significantly poorer.

It was officially recorded that in May 2020, sea water entered the tanker's engine compartment and created the conditions for a possible leak. The tanker has been in such a state for the past 5 years, and the scientists have repeatedly warned that it is fraught with severe danger.