Security in the Gulf of Aden severely compromised as Houthi rebels advance south, driving out Yemeni president
Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was driven out of Yemen by Houthi rebels who have a $100,000 bounty on his head.
Latest reports following the president's departure state that the fall of Aden is imminent, as the rebels continue to advance south after having seized the capital Sanaa in September.
The fragile state which Yemen is currently in will undoubtedly affect the security within the Gulf of Aden. The vulnerable waterway that separates the Yemeni coastline and the Horn of Africa is already a high risk area frequently transited by merchant vessels.
However, the volatile situation that Yemen is experiencing could be the catalyst for increased maritime crime. Ashley Haw, Managing Director of Regal Maritime Solutions, speculates that
'since the southern Port city of Aden is close to be taken by the rebels, the city could become a shore based staging area for new pirate organisations that may emerge from the conflict.'
Regal Maritime Solutions understands the increased risk within the Gulf of Aden and can assure our clients that all security teams are aware of the unfolding situation and are as always, on high alert.