Red Sea Crisis – British bulker RUBYMAR sinks – 02.03.2024

The BLZ flag bulker RUBYMAR loaded with around 21, 000 tons of ammonium phosphate sulfate fertilizer attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has sunk in the Red Sea after days of taking on water, officials said Saturday, the first vessel to be fully destroyed as part of their campaign over Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. When […]

Red Sea Crisis – British bulker RUBYMAR has not sunk – 22.02.2024

Last Monday 19th February,2024 the  Houthi fighters claimed to have sunk the bulk carrier RUBYMAR. It would have been the most significant incident since attacks on ships began in November. The Houthis had earlier said the vessel was in danger of sinking after claiming the attack that took place in the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb […]

Red Sea Crisis – Greek and British ships hit by Houthi attacks – 06.02.2024

According to Houthi spokesperson it was claimed that  the group had successfully hit the kamsarmax bulker STAR NASIA owned by Star Bulk and the  general cargo ship MORNING TIDE. In a release, the Houthis referred to STAR NASIA as an American ship, and MORNING TIDE as a British ship. The attack on MORNING TIDE which […]

Piracy – 2 Fishing Vessels freed following Somali pirate hijackings – January 2024

2 fishing vessels, a Sri Lankan and an Iranian one are reported to have been freed following hijackings by Somali pirates. Seychelles forces rescued a Sri Lankan fishing boat on Monday, according to President Wavel Ramkalawan’s office. Meanwhile, the Indian Navy said it had freed an Iranian-flagged fishing vessel. The attacks on the vessels by […]

Naval News – Iran Converts Containership into Drone Carrier

To add to merchant shipping’s long list of concerns surrounding the security situation in the Middle East, Iran is readying to launch the first drone carrier – SHAHID BAGHERI a former containership. She was built in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 2000 as the 3,280 TEU container ship IRAN ASFAHAN. Trading until […]

Casualties – 2 Royal Navy Ships Collide at Bahrain – 19.01.2024

On Friday 19th January, 2024 two Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV)  were involved in a collision in Bahrain Harbour, the Royal Navy said. No one was injured in the accident and an investigation into the incident has been opened. The Royal Navy is liasing with the U.S. Navy in the Gulf region in an […]

Livestock Ships – Australia recalls livestock carrier BAHIJAH – January 2024

The 2010 Indonesian built livestock carrier BAHIYAH that departed Fremantle, last Friday 5th January, 2024  for Aqaba, Jordan, has been instructed to return to Australia by the country’s federal government.Formerly known as the OCEAN OUTBACK she has a capacity for approximately 8,000 animals. On Tuesday 16th January she diverted from her route due to concerns […]