Saudi VLCC turns around to avoid strait of Bab El-Mandeb

VLCC Khuzama (IMO 9384215), which was carrying Saudi Arabian crude oil, has turned around near the Bab El-Mandeb strait, abiding by the Saudi statement that it was suspending all oil shipments through the strait following an alleged attack by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement on two other ships.

2008-built, Saudi-flagged Khuzama, 162,252 gt, was transporting about 2m barrels of oil, is now sailing east, according to ClipperData and Reuters vessel tracking data.

Khuzama is owned by Saudi Arabia’s shipping group Bahri of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and managed by MidEast Ship Management of Dubai. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of The National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia. Hull & Machinery is led by XL Syndicate 1209, with Gard having a subscription position.