As clashes continue in and around Aden, the seaport remains virtually closed except for some oil shipments at Aden Refinery.
Dry cargo shipments have stopped as no stevedores are available due to the fighting. Yemeni ports at the Red Sea - Hodeidah and Saleef – are still operating as there are no hostilities at these areas. Offshore terminals are also unaffected and working as usual.
Port operations in Turkey were facing disruption as a result of a massive power cut that had hit dozens of provinces across the country on Tuesday 31 March. Although the Turkish Straits and ports were not closed, husbandry operations (crew changes, spares, etc.) have been negatively affected. The cuts affected power stations and public transport, including Istanbul's tram and metro systems. A crisis centre has been set up at the energy ministry.
By early afternoon the Turkish Electricity Transmission company said only 15% of Istanbul and Ankara had power.
Finland braces for shipping strike this Thursday, April 2
Finland is bracing for a nation wide shipping strike on April 2. Both the Finnish Engineers’ Association and the Finnish Seafarers Union have announced their intention to join a strike this Thursday in support of a strike organised by the union members working on Finnish ice-breakers. Source: splash24/7