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Houthi Rebels, Somali Pirates, Intrigue in Malta…

23 May 2024 Windward


Houthi rebel attacks in the Red Sea are far from surprising, unfortunately, but now Somalian pirates are also attacking there? This week’s Maritime Global Trade Roundup has details on the ship the Houthis claimed to attack on May 15, three MSC ships that were attacked by the Houthis, and the Somali piracy incident.

In another part of the world, the number of commodity STS meetings conducted by dark/gray fleets vessels in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Malta increased in the last two weeks by a whopping 1,000%! Keep reading to learn why this happened.


Recent Red Sea Attacks


Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer and a commercial ship in the Red Sea on May 15. But the attack on the warship apparently happened nearly two days earlier, according to the AP, and the vessel intercepted the missile targeting it. Previous to this incident, it looked like attacks had slowed…


On May 9, 2024, the Houthis claimed attacks on three MSC ships – the MSC Diego (IMO: 9202649) and the MSC Gina (IMO: 9202663) in the Red Sea, and the MSC Vittoria (IMO: 9299551) in the Indian Ocean. None of the vessels were hit or damaged from the attacks. The vessels were attacked due to their Israeli affiliation.


All three vessels are Panama-flagged container vessels owned and operated by MSC and its subsidiary companies.

The UKMTO reported a suspected attack in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates on May 10. The vessel that was attacked was the Chrystal Arctic (IMO: 9332640), a Marshall-Islands flagged oil-product tanker owned and operated by the Singapore-based company “Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd.” The ship had armed guards onboard and was not harmed. Later the pirates were seized by the European Union’s “Operation Atalanta”.

As mentioned above, the Houthis claimed to attack a U.S. warship and a merchant vessel named “Destiny” on May 15. Windward’s Maritime AI™ platform found a vessel that might correlate with the attacked vessel, the Destiny (IMO: 9565716), a 170-meter Liberian-flagged bulk carrier owned and operated by a Greek company, “Cosmoship Management Inc.” The vessel has been engaging in ongoing dark activity since April 18, 2024.

Since the beginning of the Red Sea Crisis, the Houthis have attacked 112 vessels linked to Israel, the UK, and the U.S. in the Red Sea, with several vessels heavily damaged, like the Rubymar. The Houthis claimed that they will escalate their attacks against Israeli vessels and Israel-linked vessels.



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