The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations agency advised mariners to exercise extreme caution in the area.
The Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls northern Yemen has hijacked a United Arab Emirates-flagged cargo vessel.
The ship was heading to the Saudi port of Jizan, just north of Yemen, from the Yemeni Red Sea island of Socotra when it was attacked just before midnight on Sunday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, quoting coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Malki.
The UKMTO notice reads:
“REF: WARNING 001/JAN/2022 – Category: Attack
On the 02 January 2022 at 2150UTC, UKMTO has received reports of an attack on an MV in position 1513.0N 04212.0E (Approx. 23 NM West of Ras Isa Marine Terminal). Investigations ongoing.”
The UKMTO put the vessel’s position at approximately 23 nautical miles west of Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea.