There have been recent tensions in Hormuz as a by-product of the enmity between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as the Saudis believe Iran is trying to control strategic waterways. At the same time, talks continue around the US Iranian sanctions - deadline for the completion of a deal was 30th June.
28.4.2015, Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized Marshall Islands flagged Maersk Tigris having fired warning shots. They boarded the ship and escorted it to Bandar Abbas. The vessel was subsequently released, reportedly after the settlement of a commercial dispute. A few days before that, the US vessel Maersk Kensington was harrassed.
13.5.2015 Two sets of warning shots were fired at the Alpine Eternity, an oil-chemical tanker in international waters. The vessel was able to reach Jebel Ali. Twelve US warships are in the region including the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Situation in Yemen
Hostilities ongoing in many areas - accurate details not available. Iran and Saudi Arabia are effectively in a proxy conflict.
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, Aegis DS, are very happy to take calls from members on specific issues. Lloyd's Agents in Aden have been forced to abandon their office which is now in insurgent hands - all staff escaped safely.
Reports from Lloyd's Agent, Hodeidah
The blockade on commercial shipping continues - ports are handling some vessels although permission has to be obtained.
Hodeidah is under Houthi control and has been for some months.
Oil supplies are being disrupted. Without fuel to operate machinery, hospitals will run out of water. Some hospitals are now without power, morgues inoperative, and the summer heat is rising.
Aden has suffered heavy fighting and that has meant there being no water or electricity in many areas. In addition there have been Saudi coalition airstrikes on military targets.