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Shipping: Yemen

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many vessels carrying (a) crude oil or refined products and (b) liquefied gas which berthed at UK ports in each of the last six months had berthed in Yemen en route to the UK; (313034)

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the risks to UK security from vessels which have travelled from Yemen berthing at UK ports; and what recent steps he has taken to minimise such risks.

According to statistics reported to the Department for Transport no oil or liquid gas was shipped direct to the UK from Yemen in 2008, the latest period for which statistics have been published. The Department does not hold statistics on whether ships carrying such cargo from other sources might have called in the Yemen.

Both transport and other security procedures are in place as appropriate for all vessels berthing at UK ports.