While at sea in the Red Sea off Yemen the vessel MT Swan Atlantic was hit by an unidentified object this morning 18th of December.
The vessel was carrying a cargo of biofuel feedstock from France to Reunion Island.
For the record, there is no Israeli link in the ownership (Norwegian), technical management (Singapore) of the vessel nor in any parts of the logistical chain for the cargo transported. We note that information provider Marine Traffic has wrongfully claimed that the vessel is managed by an “Israel affiliated company” on their web site. This is believed to be the reason for her having been targeted now on her southward passage through the Red Sea. This is incorrect.
Fortunately, there were no injuries to any members of the Indian crew, and the vessel has reported limited damage to the vessel. She is currently sailing for her own machinery with all systems operational.
The crew and the ship are now assisted by the US navy and will be brought to safety under protection by naval forces.
Our sole focus has been and remains, the safety and well-being of the seafarers on board.