YEMEN Press Agency

Commercial ships continue to dock at Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida

HODIEDA, Feb. 20 (YPA) – The Yemeni ports of Hodeida and Salif on the Red Sea in western Yemen has witnessed an active movement of fuel and foodstuff ships for the first time since the outbreak of the war and the blockade on March 26, 2015.

This came in conjunction with a decision issued by the Saudi-backed government to raise the customs dollar and taxes, and impose unfair levies through the checkpoints of the armed groups affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition along the road extending from the port of Aden towards the rest of the southern and eastern Yemeni provinces, which led to the suspension of business by merchants in the Yemeni areas under the control of the coalition.

The Red Sea Ports Corporation revealed on Monday, the movement of ships heading towards the ports of Hodeida and Salif.

According to the Ship Traffic Service on the Yemeni Red Sea Ports Corporation website, 6 commercial ships arrived at the port of Hodeida, including two ships loaded with oil derivatives and diesel fuel, in addition to four ships loaded with foodstuffs, rice, flour, sugar and cooking oil.

The corporation confirmed that a commercial ship loaded with flour arrived at the port of Salif.

It pointed out that 3 commercial ships loaded with rice and flour, a ship loaded with petroleum are waiting in the draft of the port of Hodeida, and two ships loaded with foodstuffs waiting off the port of Salif.

The corporation is expected the arrival of 4 ships loaded with flour and sweets to the port of Hodeida in the coming hours.

Ship movement data on the Vessel Finder ship tracking website shows the entry of many ships loaded with building materials to the port of Hodeida, as 22 ships arrived at the same ports last week on February 7 to 15.

Hodeida port is covered about 80% of the needs of the Yemeni population before it has stopped receiving goods nearly for 8 years, due to the blockade imposed by the coalition forces on all Yemeni land, air and sea ports.