Impact of Halting Saudi Tankers From Using the Bab Al-Mandeb Due to Security Concerns

Published in Discoveries. ∼ Updated Jun 30, 2020

We’ve now taken a look at the direct implications of halting exports out of Saudi Arabia’s west coast towards the Bab Al-Mandeb strait on the south end of the Red Sea.


There are four tankers wearing a Saudi flag, and three of them carry a total of 1.844 million barrels of gasoline… Kuwait! Kuwait imports a lot of gasoline from Saudi Arabia while two of its refineries (Mina Abdullah and Ahmadi) work on building gasoline units, to be completed end of this year.


In the northbound direction however, larger volumes are currently being moved aboard 3 VLCC supertankers, all carrying crude oil. The GHAWAR seems to have made its way pretty deep into the Red Sea with 2 million barrels for the SUMED (Suez-Mediterranean) Pipeline that begins in Ain Sokhna, Egypt, but the location of the ARSAN hasn’t been available for nearly 3 days, even by satellite AIS transponder systems. There is of course a possibility that this vessel could be the one which was attacked. She is carrying 2.16 million barrels for the SUMED. The third VLCC is the ABQAIQ{target=“_blank}, which is carrying oil to Saudi Arabia’s industrial port of Yanbu for refining.

Data source: MarineTraffic

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