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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Explosion Damages Bulker en Route to Yemen

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An explosion has damaged a Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen's Houthi-controlled port of Saleef, with varying accounts attributing the incident on Thursday to an unexplained blast aboard the ship or a possible missile strike.A naval ship of a Saudi-led military coalition received a call from the captain of the vessel, the Ince Inebolu, who reported an opening had appeared in the middle of the ship on the left side, a spokesman for the alliance said."Coalition forces conducted a survey of the incident and visited the ship and found an explosion from the inside to the outside…

Yemen's Economic Cost of Terrorism

The Office of Counterterrorism of the U.S. Department of State issued a Fact Sheet

Yemen Rolls out Maritime Security Zone

Image by Yemen Coast Guard

Yemen is establishing a maritime security zone along the country's 2,500 kilometre-long coastline to deter illegal immigrants from entering the country, reports The Middle East Monitor. The zone encompasses around 30 per cent of Yemen's territorial waters as determined by internationally-agreed limits, says the head of the Yemeni Coast Guard, Brigadier Ahmed Subhi. Coast Guard personnel are patrolling around the clock to maintain the secure waters. According to Subhi, the illegal migrants to Yemen usually originate in Africa.

Indian Navy Evacuates Its Nationals from Troubled Yemen

General (retd) V K Singh, Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs (left) with Indian nationals after they were evacuated from Aden (Yemen) (Photo: Press Trust of India)

India has launched a massive evacuation program and a warship rescued more Indian nationals who were stranded in Yemen from the western Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Thursday. As many as 349 Indians on Wednesday reached Djibouti after being evacuated on a Navy vessel from Aden, the seaport city of strife-torn Yemen, and will be brought back to India by the Indian Air Force on Wednesday night, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. Consequent upon the Government of India issuing an advisory for Indian nationals to leave Yemen…

LNG, Oil tankers Diverted from Yemen

Aden Refinery temporarily suspends tender process to import; Gasoil shipment headed for Yemen diverted towards Singapore. SINGAPORE, April 9 (Reuters) - At least four oil and natural gas tankers that were headed to Yemen have been diverted as chaos mounts in the country after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes last month, according to industry sources and ship tracking data. Fighting in Yemen is scaring off shippers and has forced the country's liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant to take one of its production plants, or trains, off line. Several companies, including France's Total and APR Energy Plc have either evacuated staff or ceased operations due to the conflict.

Yemen Conflict: Shipping Lines Pull Back

Port of Aden. Pic by Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation

The Saudi Arabian-led coalition of anti-Houthi forces attacking Yemen has tightened the blockade on Yemen's ports affecting shipping activity including the delivery and loading of oil and gas shipments. Ships are unlikely to be able to access ports in areas that the coalition deems to be under Houthi rebel control. Navigation in Yemen’s territorial waters has been banned and ships are not allowed into Yemen unless inspected and approval by the Saudi-led coalition forces. The Grace Acacia…

Houthis: Additional US Warships off Yemen Tightens Seige

A senior official in the Iran-allied Houthi movement said the movement of more U.S. warships into waters off Yemen escalates Washington's role in a Saudi-led campaign against the group and aims at tightening a "siege" on the country. Saudi Arabia and Sunni Arab allies have been bombing the group for almost a month, in an operation which has closed Yemen's sea and airports, blocking off food and other imports to the impoverished country. "The goal of the movement of American ships is to strengthen the siege imposed on Yemen and put the Yemeni people under collective punishment," Houthi politburo member Mohammed al-Bukhaiti told Reuters by telephone from Yemen. "This step increases the level of their participation in this war," he added. The U.S.

White House Says US Ship Near Yemen to Ensure Commerce

(U.S. Navy photo by Anna Van Nuys)

The White House said on Tuesday that the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier near Yemen is intended to ensure freedom of navigation and commerce in the area.   White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited energy, among other important commodities, as important shipments near the coast of Yemen that need protecting.     (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

House Speaker Boehner Calls U.S. Ships off Yemen 'right thing to do'

House Speaker John Boehner

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that sending U.S. warships into waters off Yemen was the "right thing to do," adding that he hoped their involvement there was not needed. U.S. officials have said the ships were sent to conduct maritime security operations, not to intercept Iranian arms shipments into Yemen. Reporting by David Lawder

Iranian Ships Turn Away from Yemen

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) operate in the Arabian Sea on April 21, 2015. US Navy Photo

An Iranian convoy, believed to be carrying weapons destined for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, turned around and is headed north towards home country, WSJ quoted as U.S. defense officials saying. The cargo ships, accompanied by two Iranian warships, shifted course as a U.S. aircraft carrier moved within 200 nautical miles of the flotilla. The flotilla of nine slow-moving Iranian cargo vessels was in the area of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, south of Oman and still east of the Yemeni border, says another report in Reuters.

Iranian Warships will Escort Yemen-Bound Cargo Ship

Iranian warships will accompany a cargo ship bound for the Yemeni port of Hodaida, held by Iran-allied Houthi fighters, a naval commander was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Tuesday. "The 34th fleet, which is currently in the Gulf of Aden, has special responsibility to protect the Iranian humanitarian aid ship," Admiral Hossein Azad said, referring to a destroyer and support vessel in international waters off Yemen. A ceasefire was due to begin on Tuesday evening between a Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi militia in Yemen. (Reporting by Sam Wilkin)

Yemen Says Iran to Blame for Any Incident Sparked by Cargo Ship

Iran said earlier on Wednesday it would not allow Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces to inspect the ship, which it says contains humanitarian aid. The ship left Iran on Monday and is being escorted by Iranian warships. "The Yemeni government and the coalition forces do not object to aid shipments entering Yemen as long as they obtain the necessary permits from the legitimate government of Yemen and are searched prior to entry," Yemen's U.N. mission told the U.N. Security Council in a letter, seen by Reuters.

UN to Start Inspecting Commercial Shipments to Yemen

The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, the world body said on Tuesday, some eight months after announcing it would establish such a procedure. Yemen relies almost solely on imports, but a 14-month long conflict between Houthi rebels and a Saudi Arabian-led coalition has slowed to a trickle commercial shipments to the impoverished country where 80 percent of people need humanitarian aid. The United Nations announced in September it would set up a verification and inspection mechanism. Then in October U.N. aid chief Stephen O'Brien said the United Nations was still trying to raise some $8 million to fund the Djibouti-based operation. It began operations on Monday, U.N.

Saudis Stop Tankers From Entering Yemen, UN Says

A Saudi-led military coalition and the government of Yemen denied four oil tankers access to a Yemeni port last week, a move that could hurt the flow of aid and exacerbate a cholera outbreak in the country, a United Nations agency said. The vessels were on their way to Hodeidah, a Red Sea port controlled by the rebel Houthi movement that is aligned with Iran. Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran, is leading a military coalition fighting the Houthis. More than 1,900 people have died from cholera in Yemen and 400,000 cases have been reported since the start of the outbreak in April. The disease spreads in polluted water, and fuel is needed to run pumps for clean water and power generators in hospitals, among other uses. Yemen is also facing a looming famine.

Gard Alert: Yemen – New Port Clearance Procedures

Map: Gard

After 5 May 2016, companies responsible for shipping commercial goods or services to Saleef, Mokha and Hodeidah ports in Yemen must obtain port clearance via the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM). Yemen’s Ministry of Transport has announced that, after 5 May 2015, shipping companies or owners shipping commercial goods or services to ports not under the direct control of the Government of Yemen (the ports of Saleef, Mokha and Hodeidah and associated oil terminals) must notify and apply for an entry permit via UNVIM.

Saudis Installing Cranes at Yemen Ports

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was installing four cranes at three ports in Yemen to help boost humanitarian aid deliveries and was ready to assist with installing cranes at the key port of Hodeidah once it was under control of a neutral party. The Saudi mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the cranes were being installed at the ports of Aden, Mukalla and Al-Mokha - which are all under the control of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen. The coalition has said it was determined to help Yemen's government retake all areas of the country held by Houthi militia, including Hodeidah port, and would ensure alternative entry routes for badly needed food and medicine.

Coast Guard Trained on Hull, Engine Repair

As part of the ongoing cooperation between the Governments of Yemen and the United States, a team of technicians from the U.S. Coast Guard will visit Yemen’s Coast Guard to train trainers in nautical skills related to engine and fiberglass hull repair, according to a press release. As part of the training, the Yemen Coast Guard will make an inventory of all spare parts to ensure that an adequate supply is on hand for any future requirements of the fleet. Col Frank Molinari, chief of the US Office of Military Cooperation located at the US Embassy, noted that the current training in engine and hull repair will increase the operational readiness of the Yemeni Coast Guard fleet, and provide them with the capacity to conduct independent training for future Coast Guard engineers.

Yemen Restarts Main Oil Export Pipeline

Marib pipeline

Yemen resumed exports from its main oil pipeline on Saturday, one day after an attack by tribesmen temporarily halted flows, industry sources said. Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged, often by tribesmen who have feuds with the central government, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country. The last attack was on Friday when tribesmen blew up the pipeline which transports crude from Marib oil fields in central Yemen to Ras Isa on the Red Sea.

Indian Cargo Ship Sinks Off Oman

Al Mukalla port. Photo by Port of Mukalla

An Indian cargo ship loaded with vehicles and food supplies destined for Yemen sank on Saturday off the coast of Oman but without loss of life, Oman’s ONA state news agency reported. The ship, heading to Yemen's Al Mukalla port after it was loaded in Sharjah in the UAE, sunk off the coast of Jalan Bani Bu Ali province. Omani fishermen and police rescued all 11 crew on board. The vessel was carrying 69 vehicles, foodstuff, tyres and engine oils. The vessel sank due to damages caused by overloading, Gulf News reported.

Attack on Saudi Oil Tanker Thwarted

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed towards the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Yemen lies on the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the world's most important trade routes for oil tankers, which pass Yemen’s shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.

Yemen's Hodeidah Port partly closed

Hodeidah Port

  The port of Hodeidah has been officially announced as part of a military operations area and is closed to ships since 16.30 hours local time on Sunday 11 October 2015, until further notice. The port authority has ordered all ships at berth to leave port and stay at anchorage until further notice. For information about operations in Yemen, contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

UN: 22 Ethiopian Migrants Missing off Yemen

Twenty-two Ethiopian migrants are missing after being dumped in the sea off Yemen, the U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. IOM spokesman Joel Millman said the missing people were on one of four boats that brought 602 Ethiopian men and women to the coast of Yemen's Shabwa governorate in the past 24 hours. "We understand that passengers on the boat had been dropped into deep water and forced to swim to shore. No bodies have been recovered but 22 remain unaccounted for," Millman told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva. He gave no further details of the incident. "Despite the difficult security problems in Yemen, it's still a migrant transit point and we're still hearing about these reports pretty frequently," he said.

Thirty-five People Rescued from Ferry that Sank off Yemen

At least 35 of the 64 people who were on a ferry that sank off Yemen have been rescued, a Yemeni minister said on Wednesday. Rescue teams continued to look for survivors from the boat that was en route from Hadramout province in mainland Yemen to the island of Socotra, Fisheries Minister Fahad Kaffen said on his Facebook page. Socotra and Hadramout are under the control of the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which is in a war with the Houthis who control most of northern Yemen. The Aden al-Ghad news website said the ship was believed to have suffered an accident and authorities at Hadramout's Mukalla port lost contact with it on Tuesday evening. It sank 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Socotra, an archipelago some 380 km south of mainland Yemen.

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