YPC: $34.5 Million Fines for Detaining Fuel Vessels

Yemen has to pay fines of up to $34.5 million for the delay in the delivery of oil ships, which are detained by the Saudi-led coalition, Sana’a-based Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) Executive Director said Friday.

Despite the calls for distress and repeated requests for the release of the fuel ships, not a single liter of oil derivatives was allowed during 2021, YPC Executive Director Ammar al-Adhrue’e said in a protest held by the YPC employees in front of the United Nations office in the capital Sana’a.

He noted that 26 million Yemenis were threatened by piracy on fuel vessels and continued detention despite being granted UN permits.

“We have handed over all international reports, as well as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to remind them of the article stipulates that all countries in the world should make every effort to stop and prevent piracy against any country in the world outside its territorial waters,” he said.

“But we have not found such assistance from any country,” he said, stressing the reason behind that is the UN’s misleading reports to the public, particularly the reports come from the office of UN envoy Martin Griffiths,” he said.

Saudi-led coalition navy continues to detain 14 ships loaded with oil derivatives, in the context of the siege imposed by the coalition on Yemen, according to Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) in Sana’a.

The company said in a statement that the Saudi Alliance continues to detain 14 oil vessels including a ship loaded with diesel fuel, and a ship loaded with domestic gas, for varying periods of time reaching a maximum of eleven months, 338 days of maritime piracy.

The YPC stressed that the detained vessels had completed all inspection and audit procedures in Djibouti through the United Nations verification and inspection mechanism and getting international permits.

The company once again held the United Nations and the countries of Saudi coalition fully responsible for all inhumane violations resulting from this maritime piracy, the Saudi collective punishment measures and the collapse of the operational capabilities of vital sectors in Yemen.

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