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YEMEN Explosion on board bulker waiting to enter Houthi-controlled port

Fecha de la noticias: 14/05/2018 • Publicada: 14/05/2018 

Background

There has been an explosion on a vessel carrying wheat to a Houthi-controlled port in Yemen.

Some reports said the ship had been struck by a missile, although that claim has not been verified.

The incident occurred at dusk on May 10 on board the Turkish-flagged bulk carrier INCE INEBOLU.

The vessel was anchored 70 nautical miles off Hodeidah, waiting to proceed to Saleef.

Houthi-controlled media quoted Houthi officials as saying the ship had been struck by a missile fired from a Saudi coalition warplane.

Shipping sources said the cause of the explosion was unclear and that it could have been caused by an internal blast.

Pictures showed a hole close to the ship’s waterline with jagged edges curling outwards.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said its investigators had boarded the vessel and had concluded there had been an explosion inside the ship.

There were no reports of injuries.

Assessment and Analysis

The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of air strikes against Houthi targets as part of its intervention in the Yemen conflict.

It has blockaded Houthi controlled ports, with varying intensity, but has no record of targeting commercial vessels at sea.

Houthi forces control territory in the west of Yemen, including much of the country’s Red Sea coast.

Parts of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden have been designated a High Risk Area (HRA).

All vessels entering the HRA should register with the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSC-HOA).

They should also use the Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC) set up by US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Western Indian Ocean and Red Sea regions

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