Oil streak in the red moon

  • Leakage that started on the ship ‘Safer’
  • 16 crore liters of oil spill risk
  • Millions of aquatic life into the abdomen of death if not stopped

Sea creatures that established the ecosystem before man evolved on the planet are now facing the biggest threat in human history. Scientists have issued early warnings of a major ‘oil’ sinking soon.

New York: Scientists at Stony Brook University in the United States have warned that an oil leak may have started from a vintage oil tanker ‘Safer’ anchored in the Red Sea. Leakage is currently at a low level in the engine compartment, but if it continues like this, all the oil will be spilled into the sea in the next few days. Concerns have been raised that the oil, which has accumulated in seawater, could become life-threatening for aquatic life and endanger rare coral reefs. It is advised to safely empty the oil in the vessel immediately without mixing with water. The vessel ‘Safer‌’ currently holds one million barrels (15,89,87,295 liters) of crude oil. It is said to be four times more oil than the ‘Exxon Valdez tanker’ that leaked off the coast of Alaska in 1989. The details were published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The real threat is now!

Scientists are concerned that the impact of the disaster could be even greater if oil leaks occur this winter. Compared to summer .. Red Sea water currents are active in winter. As a result, most of the water in the Red Sea flows into the Arabian Sea and then into the Indian Ocean. If there is an oil leak at such a time, the polluted water may first spread to the Indian Ocean and from there to other seas.

How did ‘Safer’ get there?

The ‘Safer’ oil tanker was built by Japan in 1976. The ship was purchased by Yemen from Japan in 1988. Storing the oil extracted from the sea in the ship .. The ship was parked in the middle of the sea. However, during the Yemeni civil war in 2015, Houthi forces (rebels against the Yemeni government) seized the ship. The ship was damaged due to poor maintenance. This started the leakage of ten lakh barrels of oil on the ship.

The same was the case in 1989.

The Exxon Valdez oil tanker accident occurred on March 24, 1989. The ship sank 1.1 million gallons (4,16,39,530 liters) of oil water when it collided with a large boulder called the Blue Reef in Alaskan waters. Millions of seabirds, seals, fish and whales have died as a result of oil slick accumulation in 1,300 miles of seawater. The 11,000 staff had to work non-stop for a thousand hours to clear the ravine. However, oil streaks are still visible in some areas.

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