The coalition led by Saudi Arabia after a year of waiting missed the cranes to unload ships with humanitarian aid from the United Nations and commercial vessels to the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah.
This was stated on Monday by the official representative of the Secretary General of the World Organization Stefan Dujarrik.
“A vessel with four mobile cranes purchased by the World Food Program with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today arrived in the Yemeni port of Hodeida,” he said. According to Dujarrik, the cranes will “start work immediately” and increase the “unloading capacity of the port of Hodeida, through which about 70% of imports, including vital food and humanitarian goods, enter Yemen.”
He stressed that each of the mobile cranes is capable of lifting loads of up to 60 tons. Their installation, the representative of the UN secretary-general noted, “will allow to deliver aid to Yemeni families, affected by the world’s largest humanitarian crisis faster”.
In turn, WFP Executive Director David Beasley, commenting on the news about the arrival of cranes in Hodeida, called for additional measures “in order to avoid an even greater catastrophe” in Yemen. According to him, WFP needs more access to the country, as well as accelerated procedures for approving humanitarian supplies.
USA welcomed the delivery of cranes
According to the American magazine Foreign Policy, cranes were produced in the United Arab Emirates, and the deal amounted to $ 3.8 million. The cranes were supposed to be installed in Hodeida to increase the unloading capacity of the port as early as January 2017, but the ship that delivered them was forced to return to Dubai, not having received permission to enter the harbor from the coalition. Since then, the cranes have been stored in the manufacturer’s warehouse in Dubai.
The United States Permanent Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, welcomed the arrival of the ship with cranes in Hodeida, confirming that the Americans had assisted in their acquisition. She thanked the “partners who helped with this delivery,” noting that the installation of the cranes would help “the millions of innocent people who wake up every day, facing the threat of hunger and disease.” Commenting on the situation in the country, Haley stated that “no one should ever survive like Yemenis,” and called on all parties to the conflict to provide full access to help the population, and not to interfere with the work of humanitarian organizations.
Source: Maritime News of Russia