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When I first heard the story in June 2022 about the F.S.O. Safer- basically an old oil tanker off the coast of Yemen converted into a vessel for storing and offloading oil - and how it is basically one bad, but incidental, moment from breaking apart and dumping just over a million oil barrels into the Red Sea, well I thought, What….

And then found out that, particularly since the war in Yemen started in 2014, this vessel, under the control of the Houthis, had started to become less maintained and structurally diminished, and was at risk of being a disaster four times higher than the Exxon Valdez disaster back in the 80s, The…

And the United Nations seems to have a plan and perhaps/maybe has agreement with the Houthis to act on it, but after going hat in hand to various governments, including the UK, US and Saudi Arabia, was still $5 million short in June 2022 and was crowdfunding from the public to get things moving on this as soon as possible, I thought…. Firing up a newsletter is the least I could do and maybe get the word out.

To be clear, there are definitely news stories and magazine pieces and editorials being published about this every week, but I figured that since this is such an unbelievable and truly fascinating story - with potentially devastating consequences for a region which has already suffered enough - that I would try and pull all of this together.

I’m fairly confident that the funds will be raised (surely!) but I am looking to follow this story all the way until the risk of disaster is safely a thing of the past.

So if you want to join me on following this story - and perhaps we can do a little part ourselves to help wherever we can - please subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website. Never miss an update.

(P.S. Down the track I might start following other stories as well - but for now - this seems quite enough.)

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