Crew of seized Galaxy Leader allowed ‘modest’ contact with families

The crew of the seized car carrier Galaxy Leader (IMO 9237307) ship seized by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis last month have been allowed “modest contact” with their families, its owner Galaxy Maritime has said.

The vessel was taken to the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah after being boarded at sea on November 19th by commandos with the group. The Houthis then embarked on a PR campaign showing that the crew were not being ill-treated.

The vessel’s crew is made up of nationals from Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Philippines, Mexico and Romania, Galaxy Maritime said. It had been chartered by Japan’s Nippon Yusen.

Galaxy Maritime said earlier this week that “the safety and welfare of the crew members remains the priority of both owners and managers and the modest contact that has been allowed with crew members and their families suggests that the seafarers are being treated as well as can be expected in the circumstances”, adding that “the 25 crew members being held have no connection whatsoever with the current situation in the region,” the owner said. “Nothing can be achieved by their further detention.”

2002-built, Bahamas-flagged, 48,710 gt Galaxy Leader is owned by Galaxy Maritime Ltd-IOM care of manager Ray Car Carriers Ltd of Douglas, Isle of Man. ISM manager is Stamco Ship Management Co Ltd. It is entered with West P&I (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Galaxy Maritime Ltd. Reports stated that Markel was claims leader for the $65m hull policy on the vessel.