Yemen government will not let Houthis keep Hodeidah: minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Saudi-backed Yemeni government will not allow its Houthi foes to keep the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, the information minister said, underlining its intention to remove the vital aid delivery point from the control of the Iran-aligned group.

The United Nations has proposed that Hodeidah, where 80 percent of food imports arrive, should be handed to a neutral party, to smooth the flow of humanitarian relief and prevent the port being engulfed by Yemen’s two-year-old war.

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Cargo theft: a billion-dollar problem

The marine industry loses billions to cargo theft and cargo loss each year. Meanwhile, new technology is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as cyber-piracy and digitalised theft are on the rise.

BY EVA GREY

The issue of cargo theft and cargo loss has long been miscalculated, with largely inaccurate assessments of the true financial damages suffered.

Recently, insurance broking and risk management company Marsh brought the problem back into the spotlight in their ‘Changing Tide of Risk’ report, which argues that the consequences of the major political and economic events of 2016, together with new technological advancements, are creating new risks and opportunities for the global maritime sector.

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Blockchain solution for container security

Belgium-based logistics and supply chain company T-Mining is undertaking a pilot project to make container handling in the Port of Antwerp more efficient and secure.

The project comprises digitalising processes that currently involve multiple parties by using blockchain technology. The technology aims to remove the need for middlemen and the risk of compromising security during the physical handover of containers in ports.

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Source: http://www.portstrategy.com/

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Yemen government agrees to U.N. Hodeidah plan, Houthis sceptical

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government said on Saturday it agreed to a two-point plan advanced by the United Nations to ease suffering in the country’s civil war, but the Iran-aligned Houthi movement remained sceptical.

On Thursday the U.N. Security Council urged the warring parties to agree on a U.N.-brokered plan to keep the Houthi-held port of Hodeidah out of the fighting and to resume government salary payments.

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Source: https://uk.reuters.com/

UK ports address terror threat

In the wake of the recent terror attacks which have taken place in the UK, British ports need to remain vigilant.

Currently, the threat risk to UK ports is to remain at its lowest possible level, despite the fact that the UK national security level is set to critical.

Dave Galt, chief officer at Port of Liverpool Police, told Port Strategy: “At this moment there is no specific intelligence of a threat against maritime security and the ISPS security level remains at level 1, however there will be some impact on our lives through an increased security presence focused on public spaces.”

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Customs C-G promises adequate cargo scanners at ports

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali, retired has assured stakeholders of adequate scanners at the ports as part of Federal Government’s effort to ensure conducive business environment.

Ali gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lagos at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on the implementation of the Executive Orders issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/

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Saudi Ports Authority Urges Operators to Deny Entry for Qatari Ships

Saudi Arabia’s Ports Authority has demanded from ports’ operator companies to implement the directive to deny entry for ships flying the flag of Qatar to Saudi ports, the Ports Authority said Monday.

“All shipping agents must comply with the order to deny entry for ships under the flag of Qatar or vessels belonging to Qatari citizens and companies,” the Ports Authority said in a statement.

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Source: https://sputniknews.com/

As Yemen faces famine, U.N. works to avert attack on food port

By Michelle Nichols

A quarter of Yemen’s people are on the brink of famine, parents are marrying off young daughters so someone else can care for them and cholera cases are escalating, U.N. officials warned on Tuesday as they work to avert a Saudi-led attack on a key port.

The United Nations has warned the Arab alliance fighting Iran-aligned Houthis against any attempt to extend the war to Hodeidah, a vital Red Sea aid delivery point where some 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports arrive.

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Alarm grows in Washington as Saudi coalition attack on Yemen port appears imminent

By Max Bearak

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday to reconsider his support for a seemingly imminent assault by a Saudi-led coalition on the crucial Yemeni port city of Hodeida.

“In the face of Yemen’s senseless humanitarian tragedy, where 19 million people need emergency support, we are committed to using our Constitutional authority to assert greater oversight over U.S. involvement in the conflict and promote greater public debate regarding U.S. military participation in Yemen’s civil war, which has never been authorized by Congress,” the legislators said in a letter.

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Coalition drops leaflets on Hodeida promising liberation

Yemen government appeals to residents to join forces ahead of looming offensive

Saeed Al Batati

Al Mukalla: The Saudi-led coalition and the internationally-recognised government of Yemen have collectively appealed to residents of the western Hodeida city to support government forces as the countdown has begun for a long-awaited offensive to push Al Houthi militia from the important Red Sea city.

Residents said on Wednesday fighter jets from the coalition dropped thousands of leaflets alerting them about the impending offensive and urging them to join government forces when they arrive in the city.

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