Still think this ends with a prisoner swap?GALAXY LEADER (IMO: 9237307) is a Vehicles Carrier that was built in 2002 (21 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Bahamas.
Her carrying capacity is 17127 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 7.5 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 189.2 meters and her width is 32.29 meters.
The Bahamas-flagged Galaxy Leader's crew is made up of nationals from Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Philippines, Mexico and Romania, Galaxy Maritime said. The vessel is chartered by Japan's Nippon Yusen.
"Owners and managers believe the seizure of this vessel represents a gross violation of freedom of passage for the world fleet and a serious threat to international trade," Galaxy Maritime said.
It added that the "key concern at this time is the safety and security of the 25 crew members currently being held by the perpetrators of this criminal act".
The Bahaman-flagged vessel is registered under a British company, which is partiallyowned by Israeli tycoon Abraham Ungar, who goes by Rami. The vessel was leased out to a Japanese company at the time of the hijacking.
“This is not an Israeli ship,” the IDF asserted, while directly blaming the Houthis for the hijacking.
A UN ship database identified the vessel’s owners as a Tel Aviv-based firm, Ray Shipping Ltd, which was founded by Ungar. Calls to Ray Shipping rang unanswered Sunday, and officials at the company did not immediately respond to a written request for comment.
The Houthis have said they are acting as part of the “axis of resistance” against Israel, which includes Iran-backed terror groups in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. The Yemeni rebel group’s slogan is “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse on the Jews, victory for Islam.”
The Iran-backed Houthi militants said they hijacked the ship over its connection to Israel and would continue to target ships in international waters.The Iran-backed Houthi militants said they hijacked the ship over its connection to Israel and would continue to target ships in international waters.www.hindustantimes.com
Still think there will be a de-escalation?I never thought it would. I figured any kind of de-escalation would have to start with the immediate release of the kidnapped multi-national civilians from Israel from October 7 though.