26 sailors stuck at Yemeni port for three months

Muscat - 

Twenty-six sailors are stuck for the past three months aboard a vessel at the Port in Hodeidah in Yemen over a commercial dispute between cargo receiver and the supplier. 

The crew is awaiting a verdict from the court for their release.

The 26 sailors include nine Sri Lankans, nine Indians, a Pakistani, an Ukrainian national and a Georgian who are currently aboard the Greek vessel Fair Appollon docked at the Port of Hodeidah.

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman is trying to secure the release of its nationals.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, a senior official from the Sri Lankan embassy, said, “We are being regularly updated on the situation and channelising all our efforts to ensure that our nationals leave the port as soon as possible.

“We have ensured that the shipping company is providing them with fuel, food and water. There was fuel shortage in between but that has been sorted.”

The official added, “There are communication difficulties due to the prevailing situation in the area. Though the sailors are fine they are emotionally and mentally drained. They want to return home as soon as possible. This area is also prone to pirate activities so we hope the case is resolved quickly.”

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