Houthi militia holding 10 oil and commercial vessels in the port of Hodeidah

The head of the Higher Relief Committee and Yemen’s minister of local administration Abdul Raqeeb Fath has said that rebel Houthi militia was holding 10 oil and commercial vessels in the port of Hodeidah, preventing them from unloading their cargo. He claimed that some ships had been detained for nearly six months.

Tanker Distya Pushti (IMO 9179127) arrived at the port on September 28th with 10,955 tons of diesel and 9025 tons of gasoline. Bulker Rina (IMO 8511811), the minister said, arrived on October 3rd, carrying 5,700 tons of flour and sugar, but was being prevented by the militia from unloading.

Tanker Sincero (IMO 9254422), which arrived on September 26th carrying 15,025 tons of diesel, tanker Carpe Diem-II (IMO 9428815), which arrived on September 30th with 19,350 tons of diesel, and tanker Pvt Eagle (IMO 9145425), which arrived on October 3rd carrying 7,022 tons of diesel and 14,793 tons of oil, were also being prevented from unloading, as well as six other oil and commercial vessels that had been detained during different periods of the past three months.

The minister claimed that deliberate action by the militia in conjunction with the creation of a crisis of oil derivatives and the imposition of an increase in derivatives fees and the promotion of the black market for the benefit of pro-militia traders, burdened the population in those areas and increased the humanitarian crisis in those provinces.

He alleged that these were part of the daily activities of the Houthi militia. “The humanitarian situation in these provinces has become catastrophic because of the actions of the coup militia and its creation of crises and burdening the Yemeni people”, he said.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Lisa Grande, has called for a rapid intervention and pressure on the militia to release the ships and unload their cargo, and to allow safe passage of oil, relief and commercial vessels in the port.

1998-built, India-flagged, 21,165 gt Distya Pushti is owned by P&Y Enterprises Pvt Ltd care of manager Midas Shipping Ventures of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.. ISM manager is Phelix Shipping Ventures PVT of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is entered with American Club on behalf of P & Y Enterprises Pte Ltd.

1986-built, Togo-flagged, 4,105 gt Rina is owned and managed by Jenan Shipping Co Sa of Belmopan, Belize. ISM manager is GMZ Ship Management of Beirut, Lebanon.

2002-built, Panama-flagged, 11,850 gt Sincero is owned by Dianthe Investments Inc care of manager Obis Ship Management of Odessa, Ukraine. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Dianthe Investments Inc.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 17,800 gt Carpe Diem II is owned by Othelo Maritime Co care of manager NGM Energy SA of Piraeus, Greece. ISM manager is V Ships Ltd of Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Othelo Maritime Co.

1998-built, Vietnam-flagged, 21,609 gt Pvt Eagle is owned by Pvtrans Petro of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is managed by Petrovietnam Transportation of the same address. ISM manager is Pvtrans Ship Management Co of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is entered with West of England Club (claims contact Hong Kong) on behalf of Southern Petroleum Transportation Joint Stock Company.