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Red Sea Crisis

Eagle Bulk vessel hit by Houthi missile strike

Photo: US NAVCENT Public Affairs US Navy Helicopter in the Arabian Gulf
A bulker owned by US-listed Eagle Bulk Shipping has been struck by an anti-ship ballistic missile according to US Central Command (US Centcom).

US Centcom said in a post on social media X that Houthi militants had fired the missile from Yemen at 4pm local time on 15 January and struck the Marshall Islands-registered Gibraltar Eagle.

“The ship has reported no injuries or significant damage and is continuing its journey,” Centcom said.

The 63,576 dwt ultramax Gibraltar Eagle is owned by US-listed dry bulk shipping firm Eagle Bulk.

The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said that the Master reported the vessel was hit from above by a missile in an incident about 95nm Southeast of Aden, Yemen. The vessel and crew were reported to be safe with the ship proceeding to its next port of call. “Vessels are advised to transit with caution and report any suspicious activity to UKMTO,” it said.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) reported that the bulker was transiting the International Recommended Transit Corridor westbound enroute for the Suez Canal and was impacted in hold no.5 causing a fire.

US Centcom reported that two hours earlier at 2pm local time an anti-ship ballistic missile fired toward the Southern Red Sea commercial shipping lanes but failed and impacted on land in Yemen.

The attack on the US-operated bulker comes after the US and UK launched strikes against Houthi positions on Friday being used to attack ships transiting the Red Sea. The US launched further strikes over the weekend.