The commercial ship ‘Galaxy Leader’ seized by the Houthi rebels from the Red Sea is now in the port of Hodeida, Yemen, the company that owns the ship said.
“All communication with the ship has been lost since the military forces illegally boarded it by helicopter,” they said on Monday.
After the Hutira ship was seized on Sunday, it is now in Hodeida port in the Red Sea, according to a statement by the owner company of the carrier Galaxy Leader, Galaxy Maritime Limited.
“As a shipping company, we will no longer discuss the political and geopolitical situation,” they said in a statement.
Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis released video footage of the ship’s seizure on Monday. It showed armed men alighting from a helicopter and seizing the cargo ship.
The US condemned the incident as a violation of international law. They demanded the immediate release of the ship and its crew.
US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that they are consulting with their allies and UN partners on the next appropriate steps to take in this regard.
Galaxy Maritime said the crew of the Bahamas-flagged Galaxy Leader are citizens of Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Philippines, Mexico and Romania. Japanese ship management company Nippon Yusen was operating the ship on charter. The ship has a crew of 25.