Tankship hit in Red Sea on December 23rd  

Crude oil tanker Sai Baba (IMO 9321691) was hit by an attack drone, presumably fired by Yemen’s Houthi forces in the Red Sea, during the morning of December 23rd local time. There were 25 Indian crew members on board, but no injuries were reported.

The same evening a Norwegian-flagged chemical/oil products tanker, the Blaamanen (IMO 9278662), narrowly escaped a drone strike.

United States Naval Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) said that two Houthi anti-ship ballistic missiles were fired into international shipping lanes in the Southern Red Sea from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen on December 23rd.

“At approximately 08:00 Sanaa time US Naval Forces Central Command received reports from two ships in the Southern Red Sea that they were under attack.” The USS Laboon responded to the distress calls from these vessels and also shot down four unmanned aerial drones originating from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen that were targeted at it during its patrol operations in the Southern Red Sea.

2004-built, Norway-flagged, 20,058 gt Blaamanen is owned by Chem Tank Shipping V AS care of manager Hansa Tankers AS of bergen, Norway. ISM manager is Diamond Ship Management Pte of Alexandra Road, Singapore. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Chem Tank Shipping V AS . Gard AS is claims leader for Hull on behalf of Hansa Tankers Management AS. By December 31st the vessel was heading for Kakinada, India, ETA December 4th.

2006-built, Gabon-flagged, 81,409 gt Sai Baba is owned and managed by Paradise Shipping & Marine Inc of Majuro, Marshall Islands. ISM manager is Ark Seakonnect Shipmanagement of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. By December 27th it remained in the Red Sea, awaiting orders. It had left Ust-Luga, Russia, on December 1st. Prior to November 2022 the vessel had been known as the Cap Guillaume and with Euronav under the Greek and then Liberian flags. It then became a part of the rap[idly expanding and subsequently rapidly contracting Gatik Ship Management, moving to Paradise Shipping & Marine Inc (which became owner in November 2022) in April 2023.