Please join the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative and the Global Energy Center on Friday, February 25th, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST for an event on the urgent need for an international agreement on the FSO Safer to avoid environmental disaster in the Red Sea.

The FSO Safer is a floating oil storage and offloading vessel currently carrying roughly 1.14 million barrels of oil moored off the coast of Yemen’s Red Sea port of al-Hudaydah. Since the Houthis took control of the vessel in 2015, conditions aboard the FSO Safer have deteriorated rapidly, prompting major concerns over a potential catastrophic oil spill in the Red Sea. While previous calls for action have been stymied by Yemen’s weak security situation and intractable conflict, the Houthis and the Internationally Recognized Government recently reached an agreement in principle. The international community should capitalize on this momentum to secure a comprehensive solution to the Safer threat.

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Kirsten Fontenrose
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative
Atlantic Council

Ian Ralby
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Christopher Reddy
Senior Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Khaled Al-Yemany
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council
Former Foreign Minister of Yemen

Moderated by

Yousra Elbagir
Freelance Journalist

Middle East Programs

Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.

The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.