SMIT Salvage has wrapped up its work on board the decaying FSO Safer off the coast of Yemen.

The milestone comes after the UN-led team successfully removed more than 1.1 million barrels of oil from the vessel to the replacement tanker Yemen earlier this month. The team concluded operations on Monday, having cleaned the tanks of Safer and assisted with the mooring of the Yemen near the Safer.

The SMIT Salvage team is now currently enroute to Djibouti onboard the multi-purpose vessel Ndeavor. Their departure marks the end of a complex salvage operation that began in late May.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, who has led UN system-wide efforts on the Safer since September 2021, thanked SMIT Salvage and parent company Boskalis for their efforts.

The Yemen replacement tanks with FSO Safer in the background. Photo: Boskalis