Shipping industry calls for action as Houthis sink second vessel

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URGENT action must be taken in the Red Sea to stop attacks on merchant shipping by Yemen’s Houthis, leading industry groups said, after the sinking of a second ship.

The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on June 18 that Tutor, a 2022-built Kamsarmax vessel owned by Evalend Shipping, is believed to have sunk.

UKMTO said: “Military authorities report maritime debris and oil sighted in the last reported location.”

The ship was hit 66 nautical miles southwest of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, on June 12 and its crew was evacuated as Tutor began taking in water, with the engine room being flooded. However, Tutor’s second engineer, a Filipino, was killed in the attack and his body is understood to have been trapped in the engine room.

It is the second known vessel to have sunk due to a Houthi assault, after the Handysize bulk carrier Rubymar went down in February.

The US Central Command said recently that it has destroyed eight Houthi drones in a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen.

Additionally, partner forces successfully destroyed one Houthi drone over the Gulf of Aden.

Iran-aligned Houthi militants first launched drone and missile strikes on the important trade route in November in what they say is solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. In more than seventy attacks, they have also seized one vessel and its crew and killed at least three seafarers.