Seatrade Maritime is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Red Sea Crisis

Missile strikes UK general cargo ship off Yemen

Photo: US CENTCOM X Feed US strikes on Houthi targets
A Houthi missile found its target some 70 nm south of Aden causing minor damage and a minor injury to a crew member, according to reports from US Central Command (CENTCOM).

The 15,900dwt Islander, built in 1996, was continuing its journey to Al Aladabiyah, Egypt Red Sea port just south of Suez, according to CENTCOM. However, VesselsValue’s AIS data shows the ship is stationary outside of the port of Djibouti. Houthi spokesman Yahya Sare'e has said the vessel is on fire.

Owned by Gemstone Marine Ltd, registered in Monrovia, Liberia and flying the Palau flag, and insured by the UK P&I club British Marine, according to VesselsValue data, the vessel is described by CENTCOM as “UK-owned”.

CENTCOM reported: “the Houthis fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles from southern Yemen into the Gulf of Aden. The missiles impacted MV Islander a Palau-flagged, UK-owned, cargo carrier causing one minor injury and damage.”

Islander was hit several hours after CENTCOM had reported that US navy had successfully downed a number of missiles and drones that were “likely targeting US and coalition warships.”