Saturday, April 7, 2018


EUNAVFOR Identifies Tanker Attacked Yesterday in Southern Red Sea

A Saudi oil tanker was targeted by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Tuesday afternoon local time off Yemen’s port of Hodeidah, sustaining minor damages and completing its course north, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya reported, citing the Arab coalition that is fighting the Houthis in Yemen.

One of the Saudi oil tankers was attacked west of Hodeidah, a port currently under Houthi control, Turki al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition told Al Arabiya.
The crude oil tanker targeted by Houthi fighters on Tuesday in the Red Sea is Saudi Arabia-flagged MT Abqaiq, EUNAVFOR said, confirming the incident.

The 302,977 dwt tanker, built in 2002, is part of National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia’s (Bahri) fleet.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on April 3 that a merchant vessel reported an explosion while underway in the southern Red Sea.

The cause of the explosion was not known and an investigation into the incident was launched.

” EUNAVFOR confirms that the vessel continued underway and that the crew are safe and unharmed,” a statement from the organization reads.