Project profile — FSO Safer Oil Tanker Salvage Operation


UNDP - United Nations Development Programme (41114)
2022-09-06 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Yemen (100.00%)


• Disaster Prevention And Preparedness: Multi-hazard response preparedness (74020) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (principal objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to prevent a catastrophic oil spill in the Red Sea. It aims to salvage and replace a decaying tanker off the coast of Yemen, near the port city of Hodeida. Production and offloading operations, suspended due to lengthy conflict in the area, prevented proper access and maintenance operations. This has resulted in the vessel decaying and loss of structural integrity. The tanker, FSO Safer, is at imminent risk of spilling, breaking apart or exploding. The UN has called on the international community to fund an emergency action plan to remove the oil from the tanker and replace the vessel. Project activities include: (1) providing ship-to-ship transfer of oil from the FSO Safer to the Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC); (2) providing tank-cleaning and demucking; and (3) replacing the FSO with a floating CALM Buoy, permanently attached to a VLCC lightly modified to be an FSO.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) averting a humanitarian and environmental disaster that would impact the livelihoods and food security for millions of people in Yemen; and (2) advancing peace efforts in the region by incentivizing parties involved in the Yemen conflict to reach an agreement as part of a formal peace process.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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