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Saudis restart oil shipments through Bab Al-Mandeb

Saudi Arabia has restarted oil shipments through the Red Sea shipping lane of Bab Al-Mandeb after a 10-day halt was called when two Bahri VLCCs were attacked by Yemeni Houthi militias last month.

Energy giant Saudi Aramco said in a statement shipping had resumed, effective immediately. “The company is careful to continue monitoring and evaluating the current situation in coordination with the relevant bodies and take all necessary procedures to ensure safety,” it said.

A number of VLCCs had been staying in Oman over the past week, waiting for the transit ban to be lifted.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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