A VLCC tanker owned by a Saudi Arabian shipping group was attacked on the 3rd April, south west of the port of Hodeidah in Yemen, in international waters.

Militants opposing both the Houthi rebels in Yemen and Yemeni President, Mansour Abdrabbuh Hadi have seized the main airport and port in southern city Mukalla

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP) have reportedly driven out troops who were guarding the major port city of Mukalla, Hadramawt province, seizing Riyan airport, the city’s main seaport and oil terminal.

BIMCO has reported that navigation in Yemen's territorial waters has been banned unless vessels are carrying emergency food and medical aid

BIMCO have reported that entry into Yemen's territorial waters has been banned. The ban applies to all vessels unless that are carrying emergency food and medical aid, in which case, the ships must be inspected and approved by the Arab State coalition forces currently operating in the region.

Vessels have been turned away from Yemeni ports in the Red Sea as the Arab State coalition tightens blockades.

Commercial and private vessels are being turned away from Yemeni ports in the Red Sea that have been deemed to be under Houthi rebel control by the Arab State coalition.

It has been reported that Houthi rebels have placed missiles, cannons and other heavy weaponry on two islands int he Red Sea, including Perim, the island that divides the Bab El-Mandeb Strait into two channels between Djibouti and Yemen.

Despite the defensive blockading of the Bab El-Mandeb Strait by the Arab States' coalition, merchant vessels continue to transit through unaffected.

As the conflict in Yemen continues, there has been much concern expressed with regards to the potential effect on the merchant vessels that frequent the high-traffic shipping lane. However, there have been no reports of any merchant vessels experiencing issues when transiting through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait.

Saudi Arabia and Eqypt have initiated blockades in the Bab El-Mandeb Strait ahead of Iran

Following yesterdays' report of the Houthi rebels imminent take of over of the city of Aden, Saudi Arabia and Eqypt have since seized control of the Bab El-Mandeb Strait as a preemptive measure against Iran's planned attempt to take over the strategic waterway.

Yesterday it was officially announced that the embarkation and disembarkation of security guards not of Indian origin has been suspended at all Indian ports until further notice.

This decision may have been actioned following the removal of two Indian Naval Ships from Calcutta Port after an alert of a possible terror strike that could damage the vessels was issued, as reported in the Indian Telegraph. It was also reported that the heightened level of caution has resulted from the Burdwan attack in October.