Ship “Harvest” Leaves Detention Area after Failing to Enter Yemen

The Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) in Sana’a on Wednesday announced that the ship “Harvest”, loaded with 29,728 tons of diesel, left the detention area to conduct the necessary maintenance work.

The company confirmed, in a tweet, that the maintenance work of the ship came to avoid further technical malfunctions resulting from its forced halting motionless in the detention area for more than half a year after it was kidnapped by the Saudi-led coalition.

The coalition prevented the ship from reaching the port of Hodeida despite its inspection in Djibouti and obtaining the authorization of the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) on 08/18/2021, the company explained.

In turn, the spokesman for the oil company, Issam Al-Mutawakel, confirmed in a press statement this evening that the efforts to bring the ship “Harvest” into Hodeida port failed, and therefore it was forced to leave for maintenance.

He stated that four fuel ships are still being held by the coalition despite obtaining UN permits.

Al-Mutawakel added that the World Health Organization has stopped supplying the public health sector with oil derivatives, and they are facing a catastrophic situation.

He continued, “We contacted the United Nations and international organizations and informed them of the dangerous situation due to the scarcity of oil derivatives, and they did not respond.”

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