Sinking of coal carrier confirmed following Houthi attack, crew member missing

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The Greek-owned Tutor coal carrier, attacked by Yemen’s Houthi militants, sank in the Red Sea. Most of the crew were rescued, with one person missing.

Sinking of coal carrier confirmed following Houthi attack, crew member missing
Screenshot from a video recorded by the Houthis, showing the attacks on M/V Tutor © X

Salvagers confirmed on Wednesday that the Greek-owned Tutor coal carrier, which was attacked by Yemen’s Houthi militants in the Red Sea last week, has sunk.

Tutor had been struck with missiles and an explosive-laden remote-controlled boat on Wednesday 12 June and immediately took on water. The crew was able to be brought to safety, except for one person.

Reuters reported that the 229-meter-long ship, sailing under the Liberian flag and carrying 22 crew members from the Philippines, was evacuated by military authorities on June 14, and the crew members were subsequently repatriated.

The Philippines’ Department of Migrant Workers has reported that one crew member, who was believed to have been working in the Tutor’s engine room during the attacks near the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, is still missing.

The Houthis released a video showing the attacks on the coal carrier Tutor:

Evalend Shipping, the Athens-based manager of the ship, did not reply to Reuters’ requests for comment.

This was the second fatal attack in which seafarers have been caught in the crosshairs of geopolitical conflicts. Three seafarers tragically lost their lives when the True Confidence was attacked earlier this year. Additionally, the crew members from the Galaxy Leader and MSC Aries are still being held captive.

Attack on Verbena

Furthermore, the shipping community strongly condemned the attack on the cargo ship Verbena on Thursday 13 June which left a seafarer severely injured by anti-ship cruise missiles. Verbena was loaded with wood construction materials.

Sailors from the Verbena abandoned ship when they could not control a fire ignited by the attacks. The vessel is now adrift in the Gulf of Aden, at risk of sinking or facing additional assaults.

Verbena is a Palau-flagged, Ukraine-owned, and Polish-operated general cargo ship, with an overall length of 139 meters.

The UK-owned Rubymar was the first ship destroyed by the Houthis, sinking on 2 March 2024, approximately two weeks after being hit by missiles.

The Houthis, who control Yemen’s capital and most populous areas, have been attacking international shipping in the Red Sea since November in a show of support for the Palestinians in their fight against Israel. They had already sunk one ship, seized another and killed several seamen.

To stop the attacks, American and British troops, among others, are targeting Houthi targets.

Sinking of coal carrier confirmed following Houthi attack, crew member missing