Yemen’s Port of Aden Exempt from Port Closure

The Port of Aden has been excluded from the temporary closure of all sea, air and land ports in Yemen imposed earlier this week by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition.

The decision was attributed to the fact that the port falls under the direct management of the Yemeni government and direct control of the Saudi-led Coalition.

On the other hand, the closure applies to ports under the control of Houthi rebels, namely the Red Sea ports of Hodeidah and Saleef.The ports were closed as a precaution measure after a rebel-fired ballistic missile, which targeted Riyadh, was intercepted on November 4 by Saudi Arabian military forces.

The ongoing military conflict is hampering Port of Aden’s struggle to implement its modernization plans. At the end of October, the port received 12 Kalmar trailers intended for the Aden Container Terminal which followed the arrival of reach stackers with a maximum load of up to 50 tons.

More equipment is expected to arrive at the port at the beginning of next year, including a generator for the electric power station at the container terminal as well as a gantry crane. 

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