An unladen Saudi-owned VLCC crossed the key Bab el-Mandeb strait over the weekend, a few days after the kingdom temporarily halted all its oil shipments through the southern tip of the Red Sea after an attack by Yemeni Houthi militants. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now The Hilwah, owned by Saudi state shipping company Bahri, appeared to cross the strait on Sunday on its way from Yanbu to Saudi’s main export terminal Ras Tanura, according to S&P Global Platts trade flow software cFlow. The VLCC is currently in the Gulf of Aden heading east at a speed of 16 knots. But cFlow analysis shows the tanker appears to be unladen, and it remains unclear whether the Saudi ban was only intended to apply to tankers carrying a cargo. State-owned Saudi Aramco suspended its oil shipments through the strait late Wednesday after […]