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Red Sea Crisis

Genco bulker hit in latest Red Sea drone attack

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A Genco Shipping & Trading bulker is the latest vessel to be hit by a drone strike in the Red Sea.

US Central Command (Centcom) reported on social media X that the 2005-built, supramax, Genco Picardy was hit by an unmanned aerial system (UAS) launched from Houthi controlled areas of Yemen at 8-30pm on 17 January.

Some damage was reported to the vessel, but no injuries to the crew. The vessel remains seaworthy and continues on its voyage.

The vessel is part of the fleet of US-based Genco Shipping and Trading.

Meanwhile at 11-59pm on 17 January Centcom said US forces conducted strikes on 14 Iran-backed Houthi missiles that were loaded to be fired in Houthi controlled areas in Yemen.

It said the missiles on launch rails presented an imminent threat to commercial shipping in the region and could have been fired any time.