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Confusion Rules Waves as Shippers Seek Qatar-Ban Clarity

  • Vessels going to, coming from Qatar banned at U.A.E. ports
  • Saudi terminals each apply rules differently: shipping agent
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Ports Closed to Qatari-Flagged Ships

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Shippers hauling oil, food and consumer goods across the Middle East are grappling with the fallout from a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbors that risks leaving vessels locked out of regional ports.

Abu Dhabi’s oil ports authority banned all vessels coming from or going to Qatar from using its facilities, a move in line with most other terminals in the United Arab Emirates. The port operator, which runs oil and refined product shipment terminals for government-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., imposed the ban late Wednesday, according to a notice, reversing a decision made earlier that day to ease limits on non-Qatari vessels.