The Marlin Luanda, a tanker with UK links, came under missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi group, leading to a fire onboard that lasted for several hours. The Iran-backed Houthis claimed responsibility for the strike, framing it as a response to the combined military efforts of the US and the UK in the region.
The tanker, flagged under the Marshall Islands and operated by Oceonix Services Ltd, a UK-registered company, on behalf of the multinational trading company Trafigura, faced severe threats when the missile hit. Despite the dire situation, the crew’s swift action led to the fire being extinguished, and all onboard were reported safe. The vessel is now en route to a safe port.
This incident is part of a series of Houthi attacks targeting commercial shipping in the Red Sea, in support of the Palestinians amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The UK government has condemned these actions, emphasizing the unacceptability of attacks on commercial vessels and hinting at a potential response.
The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) has advised caution for other vessels transiting the area, underscoring the heightened risk in one of the world’s crucial shipping lanes. The international community, including naval forces from France, India, and the US, has rallied to provide assistance, reflecting the global stakes involved in ensuring maritime security.