Boskalis Update on the FSO Safer Project off Yemen's Red Sea coast - Video – Heavy Lift News
27 Jun 2023

Boskalis Update on the FSO Safer Project off Yemen’s Red Sea coast – Video

The Safer is a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) facility moored approximately 9 kilometers off the Red Sea coast of Yemen and 50 kilometres northeast of the port of Hodeida. Constructed in 1976 as an oil tanker and converted in 1987 to be a floating storage facility, the Safer is single-hulled and is believed to contain an estimated 1.14 million barrels of light crude oil. The FSO has not been maintained since 2015 because of the conflict in Yemen, and it has decayed to the point where there is a risk it could explode or break apart, which would have disastrous environmental and humanitarian effects on the region. Boskalis through its subsidiary SMIT Salvage has been tasked with the removal of the oil from the FSO Safer.

27 June – Inspections and oil transfer preparations almost completed

Over the past two weeks, further good progress has been made by the colleagues of SMIT Salvage to prepare the FSO Safer for the oil transfer phase of the operation. Recent work has focused on inspecting and reinstating equipment on board the FSO Safer. This includes various winches required for the mooring operation as well as the stripping pumps to facilitate the transfer of last remains of the cargo to the replacement oil tanker alongside the Safer. Furthermore, the underwater inspection of the hull by a team of professional divers has been executed.

Two tugboats owned by Smit Lamnalco also arrived on site. These tugboats will assist with the berthing of the replacement tanker when she arrives on site. For contingency purposes oil booms will be installed as a precautionary measure during the ship-to-ship transfer of the oil.




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a computer generated image of the Boskalis’ multipurpose support vessel Ndeavor alongside the FSO Safer

Source Boskalis

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