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Gard Alert: Yemen – port situation

Port situation

According to information received from Gard’s correspondent in Yemen, Gulf Agency Co. (Yemen) Ltd., the port situation in Yemen as at 26 July 2016 is as follows:

-Open: Salif, Hodeidah, Aden, Mukalla and Ash Shihr oil terminal
-Closed: Mokha, Ras Isa Marine Terminal and Balhaf LNG Terminal

The situation is, however, subject to change and Members and clients are advised to warn their vessels’ crews and to carry out an assessment of the risks involved prior to entering or transiting Yemeni waters. The capacities of operating ports may also be limited as some ports are reported to have prolonged power cuts, unavailability of cranes and may also lack supplies of fuel, manpower and other basic services. As vessels calling at Yemeni ports still need clearance from the Saudi Arabian-led coalition prior to entering Yemeni waters, there are reports of delays related to inspections for entry permissions.


Entry conditions

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 Salif, Mokha and Hodeidah and associated oil terminals) must notify and apply for an entry permit via UNVIM. The permit application must be submitted upon departure from the port of origin of their cargo and at least five days prior to arrival at their port of destination in Yemen. See notice from the Yemen Ministry of Transport published 2 May 2016 for details.

Vessels calling at Yemeni ports under the control of the Government of Yemen (the ports of Aden and Mukalla) still need clearance from the Saudi Arabian-led coalition prior to entering Yemeni waters, and a copy of the Ministry of Transport’s form “Entry permission for commercial and relief ships to Yemeni ports” should be completed and sent by email to the Operations Unit of the Evacuation and Humanitarian Operations at: [email protected] not less than a week before vessel’s entry/arrival.

Entry to Yemeni territorial waters will be permitted only following an inspection by the naval forces of Saudi Arabian-led coalition. Once a vessel reaches the outskirts of Bab Al Mandab, some 3nm from Yemen’s territorial waters, a notice of arrival must be called in by the Master on VHF channel 16. The naval forces of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition will then advice where the vessel should anchor pending completion of the inspection and approval of the port entry.

Once the vessel is allowed to enter port, the Master must register the vessel’s arrival with the port authorities (on VHF Channel 14 or 16) and will then be assigned an anchoring position until the berthing time is confirmed by the Harbour Master.
Source: Gard (http://www.gard.no/web/updates/content/21546083/gard-alert-yemen-port-situation)

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