Ships shun Yemen as much of Aden is torched

Ships shun Yemen as much of Aden is torched

Dubai: International shipping is giving Yemen a wide berth as the nation descends into chaos, with much of its main port city, Aden, up in flames. Reuters reports that at least four tankers have diverted from calling at the Middle Eastern nation engulfed in a debilitating civil war.

At least one of Yemen’s LNG trains is now offline, while at the port of Aden a number of grain silos were blazing yesterday.

Most ports in Yemen are now closed though a number of ship-to-ship transfers are ongoing. Saudi airforce planes have been waging a campaign against Houthi rebels since last month, making ship calls even more precarious.

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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