Liberian Flagged Bulk Carrier Attacked in Red Sea

A Liberian-flagged bulk carrier being attacked by a small white craft
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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported on June 12th that the bulk carrier MV Tutor was attacked twice while navigating the Red Sea. The incident took place 66 nautical miles southwest of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

According to the UKMTO, the bulk carrier was struck at the stern by a small white craft, estimated to be 5-7 meters in length. The ship's captain reported that the vessel was taking on water and was no longer under the crew's control. Shortly thereafter, the captain reported a second attack, this time by an unidentified airborne projectile.

The MV Tutor, an 82,357 DWT bulk carrier flying the Liberian flag, is owned and managed by Evalend Shipping Co SA of Greece. The ship was scheduled to reach Aqaba, Jordan, on June 9th.

In a press release on June 12th, the U.S. Central Command confirmed the attack. They reported that an unmanned surface vessel (USV) had targeted the bulker, causing damage to the engine room and flooding the vessel.

Additionally, the U.S. Central Command reported that they had intercepted and shot down three anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM) and one unmanned aerial system (UAS) launched by Houthi forces from Yemen into the Red Sea.

Following these events, Houthi rebels launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) from Yemen over the Red Sea.