Developing news: Fellow Gulf States cut off ties with Qatar

8 June 2017 - 16:40 GMT
Qatar: The crisis continues

The situation in Qatar shows no signs of abating.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have now all placed restrictions on vessels movements to and from Qatar. In addition, all three countries have closed off their airspace to Qatar. Saudi Arabia has also closed its land border with Qatar. This is a particularly significant move by Saudi Arabia, given that Qatar does not share its border with any other countries.

All Egypt Air flights to Qatar are suspended, albeit Egypt has not at this stage placed any restrictions on Qatari related shipments transiting the Suez canal. It remains to be seen whether Oman, Kuwait, or Iraq will put in place their own Qatar related measures.

The situation is fast changing and we anticipate that many of our Members will be feeling the impact on their own operations. Difficulties could be wide ranging and might include crewing issues, cargo claims and charterparty disputes. As always, we are happy to discuss individual Club cover queries with Members and brokers. For further information, please get in touch with your usual contact at the Club or Camilla Slater.

5 June 2017 - 17:20 GMT
The situation in the Middle East appears to be intensifying.

We are now advised that the Bahraini Authorities are not permitting the entry into Bahraini waters of any vessels from Qatar. Similarly, no vessels are being granted outward clearance from Bahrain to Qatar.

The UAE has informed Qatari citizens that they have 14 days to leave the UAE and citizens from Qatar have also been banned from passing through the UAE. In addition, Emiratis are banned from visiting Qatar.

Notice from MTT regarding Qatar.

5 June 2017 - 11:30 GMT
News has broken today that Six Arab countries have cut ties with Qatar. This coordinated move to withdraw diplomatic relations comes from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Yemen and Libya. The six countries cite Qatar’s ties to terrorism, pointing to its alleged backing of so called Islamic State (IS), and the need to maintain their own national security. Qatar has called the decision ‘unjustified’ and with ‘no basis in fact’.

As of this morning, we understand that vessels are not being permitted entry into the UAE from Qatar, nor are vessels currently within the UAE being granted outwards clearance to Qatar. Flights between the two countries are, we believe, similarly affected. As for Qatari ports, we are advised that they are working routinely for the time being, and that there has not yet been any formal announcement in this regard from the Qatari Authorities.

We will update on any developments with the UAE, Qatar, and the other affected countries as and when further news becomes available.