Following the missile attack on the Saudi Arabian-operated VLCC Abqaiq on Tuesday afternoon, P&I Club Gard has issued an update on the port situation in Yemen. Working with its correspondent in the region, Gulf Agency Co Ltd, Gard reported the port situation in Yemen as at 4 April 2018 is as follows:
Working: Aden, Mukalla, Ash Shihr Terminal, Nishtun, Saleef and Hodeidah.
Closed: Mokha, Ras Isa Marine Terminal (Safer), Ras Isa Petroleum Products Reception Facility and Balhaf LNG Terminal.
Gard noted that the capacity of all operating ports may be limited, as cranes may be unavailable and there may be a lack of fuel supplies and other basic services. All vessels attempting to enter Yemeni ports must also expect postponements and delays due the special entry conditions in force and multiple inspections carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.
The situation is subject to rapid change and members and clients are advised to warn their vessels’ crews of the volatility of the situation and to carry out an assessment of the risks involved prior to entering or transiting Yemeni waters.
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