Shipping Industry Calls for Action After Tutor Sinking in Red Sea

21 Jun Shipping Industry Calls for Action After Tutor Sinking in Red Sea

The international shipping industry has voiced its outrage and concern following the reported sinking of the M/V Tutor. One crew member is feared lost.

This incident is the second sinking of a commercial vessel by the Houthis, an Iranian-backed terrorist group, since their attacks on merchant ships commenced in November.

The Houthis also recently attacked the M/V Verbena with two missiles, causing fires and extensive damage. The Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, Polish-operated bulk carrier has since been abandoned. One civilian mariner was severely injured and later airlifted for medical treatment.

The Tutor’s sinking comes seven months after the Houthis seized the Galaxy Leader car carrier and its 25 crew members, who are still captive onboard off Yemen.

The count of civilian seafarers killed in these attacks has risen to four, following the deaths of three crew members on the True Confidence, struck by an anti-ship ballistic missile in the Gulf of Aden in early March.

In response to these attacks, various shipping industry groups have issued a joint statement, expressing their horror and calling for action. The consortium condemned the assaults as direct violations of freedom of navigation and extended their condolences to the families of the fallen seafarers. They also called for immediate action to halt these attacks and for regional powers to ensure the safety of innocent seafarers.

Read more in an article from gCaptain.