Last September, nearly five months after the Saudi Navy seized the 47,600-dwt product tanker Androussa (built 1995), a Saudi customs tribunal issued a finding that the ship had been engaged in the smuggling of weapons into war-torn Yemen.

The ship' charterer, Dubai-based Swaidan Trading, has presented that finding in evidence in two US court proceedings in which the company secured the arrest of two Dileton Maritime bulkers to secure a $33m London arbitration claim in the case.