IAPH statement on the seizure of containership MSC Aries in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz

IAPH joins calls by ICS for the immediate release of the seafarers and the ship

The MSC-chartered vessel, docked at the Port of Los Angeles, December 2021. Copyright: (c) Ajdibilio | Dreamstime.com

IAPH joins calls by ICS for the immediate release of the seafarers and the ship

Following the seizure which took place earlier today in the Arabian Gulf, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) calls upon the immediate release of the international crew as well as the MSC-chartered vessel MSC Aries.

“We express our deepest concern for the welfare of the seafarers of this ship, which follows the hijacking of the crew of the Ro-Ro carrier Galaxy Leader in the Red Sea back in November. As stated by our colleagues at the International Chamber of Shipping, innocent seafarers are suffering directly as a consequence of geopolitical conflicts, and this has serious implications for the global maritime communities and the ports that serve them” commented Patrick Verhoeven, IAPH’s Managing Director.

The seizure, which was confirmed by both the Iranian state news agency as well as the charterer, is of a 14,300 TEU capacity container ship which had just completed a call at Khalifa port in the UAE and which was heading with cargo onboard for her next call at Nhava Shiva port in India.

Patrick Verhoeven added : “The recent attacks on merchant shipping in the Red Sea and in the Gulf of Aden have impacted the fluidity of the global maritime transport chain, and specifically on trade and port activities in and around the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The attack today in the Gulf of Oman has the potential to further disrupt cargo transits in and out of the region, which will impact all of our member ports one way or another. This makes it all the more important to share information and know how on how to respond to these constant disruptions, together.”

Press release contact :

Victor Shieh, IAPH Communications Director : victor.shieh@iaphworldports.org

About IAPH

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has developed into a global alliance of 180 port authorities as well as 150 port-related businesses. Comprised of 84 different nationalities across the world’s continents, member ports handle approximately one third of the world’s sea-borne trade and well over 60% of the world container traffic. IAPH leads global port industry initiatives on decarbonisation and energy transition, risk and resilience management, and accelerating digitalisation in the maritime transport chain. The IAPH’s World Ports Sustainability Program has grown into the reference database of best practices of ports applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals and integrating them into their businesses.