A massive, defunct oil tanker off of Yemen’s coastline could sink or explode any day

An ailing, powerless oil tanker stationed off of Yemen’s coast could explode or sink any day endanger the lives of at least eight million Yemenis, cause an environmental catastrophe, and cost the shipping industry billions, according to a report from The New Yorker.

Safer is reportedly too big for the Suez Canal and nearly too large for the English Channel. According to the report, the vessel was built in 1976 and it’s one of the largest oil tankers in existence, with over a million barrels of oil on board.

The New Yorker report notes that in “the worst forecasts” the oil spill from Safer could reach the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, where in terms of cargo about 10% of the world’s trade passes each year.