A Yemeni maritime official says the Saudi-led coalition has impounded more than a dozen ships carrying energy derivatives and food destined for the conflict-plagued and impoverished Arab country, despite the fact the vessels had earlier acquired necessary permits from the United Nations.
The first privately-owned port facility on Iran’s Caspian Sea shores is to open after nearly 15 years of planning and construction, said Allahyar Asadi, who heads Ports and Maritime Organization of Golestan Province.
Iran’s minister of roads and urban development said cargo handling capacity at ports south and north of the country has increased despite US sanctions that sought to cripple the country’s maritime sector.
Iran’s ports in the south and north of the country are drawing an unprecedented amount of investments from the private sector as authorities eye a jump in onshore manufacturing activities and an improved transportation network that could help exports and imports at the time of US sanctions.
Since March 21, 2019, Iran's exports via Khorramshahr port in the southern Khuzestan Province increased 56 percent compared to the figure for the same period of the previous year, the head of Khorramshahr Ports and Maritime Organization said.
A charity ship with scores of African migrants on board appealed to European states for a safe port on Thursday after being stranded for eight days between Malta and Italy, saying the health of the rescued people was worsening.
Yemen's warring parties have agreed to start withdrawing forces from the main port of Hodeida under a UN-sponsored deal, the United Nations said, following weeks of diplomacy to salvage a pact that stalled over control of the Red Sea city.