Two commercial ships that diverted their course in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden were connected to the same maritime group whose vessel was seized by Yemen’s Houthis, according to shipping data and British maritime security company Ambrey, reports Reuters.
Iranian act of terrorism
Israel on Sunday said the Houthis had seized a British-owned, Japanese-operated cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, describing the incident as an “Iranian act of terrorism” with consequences for international maritime security.
The Houthis, an ally of Tehran, confirmed that they had seized a ship in that area but described it as Israeli.
Japan’s top government spokesperson on Monday confirmed the capture of the Japanese-operated cargo ship, adding that Japan was appealing to the Houthis while seeking the help of Saudi, Omani, and Iranian authorities to work toward the swift release of the vessel and its crew.
Two other ships diverted their sailing routes on Sunday, Ambrey said on Monday.
One of the vessels, initially en route south of Nishtun in Yemen, changed its course.
“The vessel continued to sail back to where it had come from, providing a new AIS destination as Hambantota, Sri Lanka,” Ambrey said. “The vessel incurred a minimum four-day business disruption and sailed an additional 1,876 nautical miles.”
The second ship drifted for several hours in the Red Sea before continuing its journey, AIS ship tracking data showed on Monday.
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