A.P. Moller-Maersk, a leading Danish shipping company, has reported that one of its container ships, the Maersk Gibraltar, was targeted by a missile while transiting from Salalah, Oman, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The company confirmed that the crew and vessel were safe, but the details of whether the missile struck the ship remain unclear.
The incident took place near the Bab al-Mandab Strait, a crucial maritime route linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. This area has recently witnessed heightened tensions, as evidenced by Yemen’s Houthis claiming responsibility for a missile attack on a Norwegian chemical tanker just days prior.
Maersk’s statement highlighted the growing concerns over the safety of commercial vessels in the region. The company emphasized that the recent attacks near the Bab al-Mandab Strait not only endanger the lives of seafarers but also pose significant risks to global trade. With the maritime industry unable to resolve this issue independently, Maersk called for immediate political action to ensure a swift de-escalation of the situation.