Two more reckless attacks on ships in the Red Sea

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The US Central Command (Centcom) said that on June 13th two anti-ship cruise missiles struck the 2008-built 11,402 dwt Verbena, which is owned by Ukraine-based Donbasstransitservice and operated by Poland-based Dtschart Sp. A seafarer was injured and evacuated by the US Navy and the vessel continued on its voyage to Venice, Italy with crew fighting several fires on board.  The event comes a day after a seafarer was reported missing following a drone and missile attack on Evalend Shipping’s 82,000 dwt bulk carrier Tutor on 12 June. The Tutor has been abandoned and a salvage group is preparing to tow the vessel.

The US Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency found that the attacks impacted at least 65 countries and forced at least 29 major energy and shipping companies to change their routes. Among the affected firms include, British Petroleum, Evergreen, CMA CGM, Maersk, Qatar Energy and Shell. Many vessels are going around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, adding around 11,000 nautical miles and at least 10 days of travel onto each journey and increasing fuel costs by around $1 million for each voyage.

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