The current Listed Areas (areas of perceived enhanced risk) are detailed in JWLA022. These were last reviewed by the JWC in September 2017 and no changes were made.
Vessels picking up refugees may have to divert to a different port to that originally intended; voyages may be lengthened and there are likely to be logistical and operational consequences.
Ports reported open:
Mellitah, Zawia, Tripoli, Misurata, Marsa El Brega, Tobruk, Al Khoms, Marsa El Hariga, Farwah, Bouri, Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Zuetina
Ports reported closed:
Benghazi, Derna, Sirte
The enmity between Iran and Saudi Arabia continues to create tensions as the Saudis believe Iran is trying to control strategic waterways. Whilst a deal has been on sanctions, restrictions on US persons remain, so underwriters will need to maintain their current procedures and vigilance.
Situation in Yemen
Iran and Saudi Arabia are effectively in a proxy conflict. There have been several cruise missile attacks on vessels in the Bab el Mandeb.
Foreign vessels are currently forbidden from entering Yemeni waters. Yemen does not have an effective navy of their own, so the Egyptian and Saudi navies have been mandated to enforce this. There are entry procedures for vessels to enter Hodeidah or Saleef port - a completed form must be sent to the Yemen Ministry of Transport, now based in Jeddah. The system works but needs much effort from concerned parties - there may be some vessels which the coalition will decline to authorise.
The JWC is keeping the region under close review. The JWC's advisers, Herminius (Aegis DS), are very happy to take calls from members on specific issues. Lloyd's Agents office in Aden is in insurgent hands and thus closed.
On 6th September 2017, CMF Bahrain announced a new Maritime Security Transit Corridor featuring the Bab-el-Mandeb.