Eagle Bulk has confirmed an attack on a merchant ship about 100 miles (160 km) off the coast of Yemen.
A statement from the company said, “Eagle Bulk Shipping, operator of Gibraltar Eagle, confirms that earlier today the vessel was hit by an unidentified projectile while approximately 100 miles offshore in the Gulf of Aden. As a result of the impact, the vessel suffered limited damage to a cargo hold but is stable and is heading out of the area. All seafarers on board the vessel are confirmed to be uninjured. The vessel is carrying a cargo of steel products. Eagle Bulk management is in close contact with all relevant authorities concerning this matter.”
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) service initially reported a missile strike on a merchant ship 95 nautical miles southeast of Yemen.