Development cooperation

SAFER Salvage Operation Project


The Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel Safer is moored in the Red Sea approximately 8 kilometres off the coast of Yemen. Due to the political situation in the region, UN specialists have not been able to examine the condition of the vessel, but according to expert estimations the risk for oil spill is imminent. A spill could imply up to 186 000 m3 of oil along Yemen's Red Sea coastline and to the Gulf of Aden, which would cause a wast environmental and humanitarian catastrophy. The goal of the UN-led salvage operation is to prevent a serious oil accident in the Red Sea. The aim is to transfer the oil to a safe VLCC-vessel (Very Large Crude Container) and to establish conditions for the disposal of the FSO Safer once a longer-term storage solution has been agreed. Finland's contribution to the UNDP-administered Safer salvage operation in Yemen is 1 MEUR. The overall budget for the operation is approximately 83 MUSD.

Funding decision

1 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Aid to environment
  • Disaster risk reduction

Field of activity

  • Biosphere protection 50%
  • Disaster Risk Reduction 50%

Funding channel

YK:n kehitysohjelma



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