After the United States and the United Kingdom launched sustained joint airstrikes against the Yemeni rebel youth movement (also translated as the Houthi organization), the Houthis once again attacked the waters of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait on the 12th. Attacked a ship passing through. Highlighting that the crisis in the Red Sea has not yet been resolved and is bound to escalate further. Reduce the desire of shipping traders to travel through the waters of the Red Sea. Security experts and shipping industry executives say many ocean carriers will avoid this route in the short termSuez Canal,
A Houthi spokesman said on the 12th that they had targeted the bulk carrier “Star Iris”, flagged by the Marshall Islands and owned by the U.S.-listed company Star Bulk Carriers, and attacked it with “appropriate naval missiles” .
British maritime security company Embrey and the UK Maritime Trade Action Office (UKMTO) said the ship was hit by a missile as it was transiting the Bab el Mandeb strait southwards. The British Navy said the ship suffered “minor damage” and that all crew members were safe and headed to their next port.
Zahraghan, president of maritime security company Sedna Global, said British and American airstrikes appeared to have weakened the Houthis’ ability to launch repeated attacks, but “shipping is still flowing.” Larsen, director of maritime safety and security at the Baltic International Shipping Council, which represents shipowners, believes British and US allies may not be able to completely eliminate the Houthi threat.
Clarkson data shows that in the week ending February 5, the number of container ships arriving in the Gulf of Aden fell 92% from the average in the first half of December last year, and the total number of ships passing through the area declined. I. Up to 73%.
Norden CEO Lin Bo said only a long-term suspension of Houthi attacks would prompt shipping companies to re-examine options for sailing in the Red Sea. Another possibility is that the attacks will gradually subside without a clear statement from the Houthis.
Some ships that still must pass through the Red Sea are getting creative to avoid attacks from the Houthis. For example, when the livestock carrier Cattle Force approached the Bab al-Mandab Strait on the 10th, it changed its destination signal from the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr to “All crew members are Muslims” in hopes of safe passage due to religious appeal. Changed to “. , Tracking data analyzed by Bloomberg showed that after safe passage on the 11th, the ship returned to the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr.
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