INTERCARGO and InterManager condemn deadly attacks on bulk carriers


Following news that a seafarer has died and another has been seriously injured in the latest Houthi attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea area, INTERCARGO, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners, extends its heartfelt sympathy to the seafarers, their families and the ship operator companies who have experienced these attacks.

INTERCARGO unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms the actions of any party deliberately targeting innocent civilian seafarers and ships peacefully sailing through international waters.

We demand that all involved parties cease their deliberate and targeted attacks on innocent seafarers with immediate effect. In addition, we urge all States to further enhance maritime security in this region.

INTERCARGO reminds the world that seafarers and global shipping kept the world fed and warm during the pandemic, irrespective of politics. It is the world’s moral duty to protect seafarers.

InterManager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement sector whose members collectively employ more than 250,000 seafarers around the world, has also strongly condemned the latest Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea and expresses its heartfelt sympathies to all those impacted by these unacceptable attacks.

Commercial ships and innocent seafarers must be allowed safe passage as they go about their regular business of carrying trade across the globe, it says. “We reiterate our call for international Governments to do all they can to ensure the safety of merchant ships and civilian seafarers.”