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U.N.-led transfer of oil averts disaster off Yemen's Red Sea coast

The ship-to-ship transfer extracted as much of the 1.14 million barrels of oil as possible, leaving under 2% aboard.

The U.N.-purchased Nautica was used to transfer oil from the FSO Safer supertanker.
A U.N.-purchased vessel a was used to transfer oil from the F.S.O. Safer supertanker. (AN/UNDP)

An international team completed the transfer of more than 1 million barrels of oil from a decrepit supertanker to a replacement vessel, averting what U.N. officials called the immediate threat of a massive spill.

The United Nations announced on Friday nearly all the oil aboard the F.S.O. Safer supertanker off Yemen's Red Sea coast was pumped onto a replacement vessel, the MOST Yemen, formerly known as the Nautica.

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