Houthi missile hits Hapag-Lloyd container ship

Caption: The Huthi themselves filmed the attack on the Japanese car transporter "Galaxy Leader" (© via X)

A container ship operated by Hapag-Lloyd has become the target of another Houthi attack in the Red Sea. A fire broke out on board, but no one was injured.

The “Al Jasrah” (built in 2016, 15,000 TEU) sails under the Liberian flag in Hapag-Lloyd’s MD2 service. The incident occurred near the Yemeni coast. According to the report, a missile or drone hit the port side and caused a fire. [ds_preview]

Hapag-Lloyd confirmed the attack to HANSA. There were no injuries on board. Additional measures will be taken to ensure the safety of the ships and crews, a spokesman said. He did not give any details.

Attacks by Huthi rebels on the rise

This incident is the latest in a series of attacks in the Red Sea and the strategically important Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, which are attributed to the Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen. They had been announced by the rebels as retaliation for the Israeli-led war in Gaza.

Another, separate incident is said to have occurred around 60 nm southwest of Hodeida, tweeted the British military authority United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which monitors shipping routes in the Middle East. The “MSC Alanya” (built in 2021, 12,199 TEU) is said to have narrowly escaped being hit thanks to an evasive maneuver.

There have been numerous attacks in the past four weeks. The chronicle:

US Central Command, Huthi, Tanker
A missile hits the Norwegian chemical tanker “Strinda” (© US Central Command)

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