Saudi Aramco said late Wednesday that it has temporarily halted all oil shipments through Bab El-Mandeb with immediate effect following the Houthi militia’s attack on two VLCCs in the Red Sea.
The statement issued by Aramco said, “As confirmed a short while ago by the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih, two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), each with a two million barrels capacity, operated by the Saudi National Shipping Company, Bahri, and transporting Saudi Aramco crude oil were attacked by terrorist Houthi militias this morning in the Red Sea. One of the ships sustained minimal damage. No injuries nor oil spill have been reported.
“In the interest of the safety of ships and their crews and to avoid the risk of oil spill, Saudi Aramco has temporarily halted all oil shipments through Bab El-Mandeb with immediate effect. The company is carefully assessing the situation and will take further action as prudence demands.” – SPA
Source credit: Saudi Gazette