Yemen: Port and security update from Skuld

Skuld has noted that on April 9th Saudi Arabia declared a two-week ceasefire in Yemen. The ceasefire had been proposed by the United Nations in an effort to slow the advance of Covid-19.

On April 17th the first case of Covid-19 case was detected in Yemen. As a result, the Yemeni authorities have implemented a strict quarantine and control regime. This is in addition to the coalition-led port entry conditions, which remain in effect.

At the time of writing Skuld correspondent Wilhelmsen Ship Service, Yemen (WSS) reported the status of the Yemeni ports as follows:

Sea Port Coast Status
Ash Shihr Gulf of Aden Operational
Mukalla Port Gulf of Aden Operational
Nishtun Port Gulf of Aden Operational
Balhaf Port Gulf of Aden Closed
Rufhum Gulf of Aden Operational
Aden Ports Gulf of Aden Operational
Mokha Port Red Sea Closed
Hodiedah Port Red Sea Operational
Saleef Port Red Sea Operational
Ras Ira (Shore Tanks) Closed  
Ras Ira (SPM) Closed  

WSS also informed that all vessels calling at Aden, Hodeidah, Saleef and Mukalla ports must complete a 14-day quarantine before berthing. The 14-day period starts from the departure from the previous port, or the time of the last crew change, or when a security team embarked.

Ship operators/owners and Masters were recommended to obtain reliable up-to-date guidance from the local port authorities and ship’s agent well in advance and to continuously monitor the developments as the COVID-19 situation may evolve quickly.