INTERCARGO condemns deadly attacks on bulk carriers

Following news that a seafarer has died and another has been seriously injured in the latest Houthi attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea area, INTERCARGO, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners, extends its heartfelt sympathy to the seafarers, their families and the ship operator companies who have experienced these attacks.

INTERCARGO unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms the actions of any party deliberately targeting innocent civilian seafarers and ships peacefully sailing through international waters.

INTERCARGO demands that all involved parties cease their deliberate and targeted attacks on innocent seafarers with immediate effect. In addition, INTERCARGO urge all States to further enhance maritime security in this region.

INTERCARGO reminds the world that seafarers and global shipping kept the world fed and warm during the pandemic, irrespective of politics. It is the world’s moral duty to protect seafarers.

The Iran-backed and Yemen-based Houthis have been targeting ships in the Red Sea region since November last year in what they termed as a show of solidarity with Hamas, a terrorist group fighting a war with Israel in Gaza. The war started after Hamas-led militants attacked Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people and taking 250 hostages.

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