YEMEN Press Agency

UN silence over sinking of oil ship in Aden coast refutes its concerns on marine environment

SANAA, Jul. 29 (YPA) – After being silent over the past years by warning of the potential risks of any oil leakage from the Safer reservoir, the United Nations and the Saudi-led coalition countries did not bother to talk about the sinking of the “Al-Eisi” ship in the coast of Aden and the leakage of its cargo of oil and oils into the sea water.

According to a report issued by the Coast Guard, the sinking of the “Dia” ship, owned by the oil trader Ahmed Al-Eisi, was not the result of an accident or the like, but rather it was expected due to the deliberate neglect of the ship, which remained anchored in the port of Aden for a long time without being subject to any maintenance or repair for the severe technical failures in it.

The report also confirmed that the coalition countries and their mercenaries were aware that the ship was dilapidated and posed a real danger to the environment, marine life and navigational traffic.

The ship was prohibited from docking in all ports, but it was allowed to reach the port of Aden and stay there for a long period that ended with its drowning, leakage of its cargo and polluting the coasts of the province, according to the report.

The report considered the sinking of the ship, a crime committed by the coalition countries and their mercenaries, premeditated, holding those parties fully responsible for the damages resulting from the leakage of the ship’s cargo.

According to the information, the ship sank at the entrance to the ships leading to four main ports in Aden, which threatens to close the ports through which commercial cargo ships pass through, especially in light of the failure of the port administration’s attempts to displace the ship from its position due to the strong winds.

Activists and workers in the port of Aden confirm that about 12 dilapidated ships have been anchored near the navigation channel for years, due to their technical incompetence and the expiration of their permits. All of them belong to the Overseas Company, which repudiated its responsibility for the environmental pollution resulting from the sinking of the ship.

The Overseas Company owned by Al-Eisi, the shipping agent of the ship, had denied the occurrence of an oil leak at the site of the sinking of the tanker in an attempt to evade responsibility for the damage caused by the pollution, before later acknowledging the existence of the oil spill.

On the other hand, environmental experts warned of the danger of environmental pollution in the Gulf of Aden as a result of the pollution of sea water with oil leaking from the sinking tanker, which poses a real threat to the marine life, especially after the emergence of large quantities of oil in the coasts of the city of Aden.

Observers considered the United Nations’ silence towards the catastrophic risks resulting from the leakage of oil and oil materials from the ship an evidence of the falseness of its fears and its alleged concern for the safety of water and the marine environment from any pollution, whether from the Safer reservoir or other sources.

They confirmed that the warnings of the United Nations and the coalition countries regarding the floating reservoir of Safer in Hodeida were motivated by outbidding, blackmail, and putting pressure on the national party to succumb to their dictates.