After months of preparation, an international team began removing up to 1.14 million barrels of crude oil from the decaying F.S.O. Safer supertanker off Yemen's Red Sea coast in a bid to prevent an environmental catastrophe.
The U.N.-led project entails pumping oil from the F.S.O. Safer, which has been at risk of breaking up or exploding, onto a replacement vessel dubbed the MOST Yemen, officials said on Tuesday. The ship-to-ship oil transfer is expected to last 19 days.