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15 July, 2024

Greek-owned tanker broadcasts AIS message to avoid Houthi targeting

Vessel broadcasts message disassociating from Israel as tensions rise in key maritime strait.


In a bid to avoid being targeted by Houthi militants, a Greek-owned tanker, which recently set sail from Russia, has taken an unusual step by broadcasting a message over the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to disassociate itself from Israel. The move comes amidst heightened tensions in the region, particularly around the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, where Houthi attacks against ships have been reported.

The tanker's decision to emphasize its lack of association with Israel reflects the complexities of navigating geopolitical tensions in the maritime domain. Houthi rebels, engaged in the Yemeni conflict, have targeted vessels in the Red Sea, prompting shipping companies to alter their routes and suspend cargo transfers. The Greek-owned tanker's precautionary message underscores the challenges faced by commercial vessels attempting to navigate through volatile regions and maintain safety protocols in the face of evolving security threats.

Source: @TankerTrackers (Twitter)

Cyprus  |  Houthi  |  RedSea

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