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Houthi Attack on UK Oil Tanker Sparks Urgency: Indian Navy on Standby

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In a recent distressing incident, the UK oil tanker, Marlin Luanda, faced a Houthi missile attack in the Gulf of Aden, with the fire still raging and the situation far from under control. The US Central Command has confirmed the missile strike, and an alleged distress message from the ship’s captain has surfaced on social media.

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Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree claimed responsibility for the targeted operation, stating that Yemeni naval forces used naval missiles, resulting in the direct burning of the vessel. The ship issued a distress call, reporting damage, and sought assistance from nearby naval assets.

The USS Carney, along with coalition ships, rushed to aid the oil tanker. The US military later destroyed a Houthi anti-ship missile, averting a potential threat to merchant vessels and US Navy ships in the region.

As the Marlin Luanda battles the fire, the crew has initiated firefighting efforts using a fixed foam system and inert gas. Despite earlier reports suggesting crew abandonment due to the hazardous cargo, sources confirm the crew remains on board, actively working to extinguish the flames.

Notably, the ship is carrying 87000MTS of Naphtha, and coalition warships, including an American, a French, and an Indian vessel, are providing support at the scene.

This maritime attack adds to escalating tensions, with the US and the UK conducting airstrikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. The Houthis, undeterred, continue their attacks on the international shipping lane, impacting major shipping and oil companies’ transit decisions.

The crisis in the Red Sea shipping route has caught the attention of the UN, with the UNCTAD warning of disruptions in global trade. The ongoing situation poses risks to global food security, affecting consumers and impacting prices paid to producers.

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The UN emphasizes the urgent need for swift adaptations from the shipping industry and robust international cooperation to navigate the rapid reshaping of global trade dynamics amidst geopolitical tensions. The current challenges underscore trade’s vulnerability, demanding collective efforts for sustainable solutions.

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