Following a Houthi missile attack, an oil tanker caught fire, the company said

According to its operator, an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden is ablaze after the Houthis claimed to have fired a missile at it. The movement claimed that on Friday night, it had targeted the Marlin Luanda. Firefighting apparatus was being employed to extinguish the fire that was started by the strike in one of the ship’s cargo tanks, according to Operator Trafigura, who spoke with the BBC. According to US sources, a naval ship was responding to the distress signal of the tanker when it was struck by an anti-ship ballistic missile, as reported by CBS, the BBC’s US partner.

The American officials stated that no injuries had been reported. This is the Houthis’ most recent assault on commercial vessels in the Red Sea region. The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said that the incident happened 60 nautical miles south-east of Aden. The UKMTO said warships were in attendance and supporting the vessel, adding all crew had been reported safe. It warned other vessels to transit with caution and report any suspicious activity.

Trafigura confirmed the vessel had been struck and military ships were on their way to provide assistance. “Firefighting equipment on board is being deployed to suppress and control the fire caused in one cargo tank on the starboard side,” a Trafigura spokesperson said. “Our first concern is the crew’s safety. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and staying in touch with the vessel.” The Marshall Islands are displayed on the oil tanker’s flag. According to Yaha Sarea, a spokeswoman for the Houthi military, the attack on Friday was “direct” and the organization employed “a number of appropriate naval missiles”.

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