The floating tanker is a Japanese-made vessel built in the 1970s and sold to the Yemeni government in 1980s to store up to 3 million barrels pumped from oilfields. Photo: AP

‘Ticking time bomb’ warning for decaying tanker off Yemen, loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil

  • The ship hasn’t been maintained for over five years, causing damage to the pipelines and increasing the risk of sinking
  • Houthi rebels, who control the area where the ship is moored, had initially denied access to inspectors, but have now changed tack
Topic |   Yemen
The floating tanker is a Japanese-made vessel built in the 1970s and sold to the Yemeni government in 1980s to store up to 3 million barrels pumped from oilfields. Photo: AP
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