Rubymar: A Continued Threat to Marine Environment and Yemeni Society

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-03-15 03:21 AM UTC


The Yemeni government said Wednesday that the owner of the sunken ship, Rubymar, in the Red Sea is responsible for the consequences that occur to the Yemeni marine environment or the international shipping lines in countries bordering the Red Sea.

Tawfiq Al-Sharjabi, Yemeni Minister of Water and Environment in the Yemeni government, said during an online meeting with the representatives of several countries and other concerned bodies that the owner of the ship did not take the necessary measures to save the ship and float it immediately after the accident. He accused the owner of the vessel of negligence.

The ship's registered owner is Golden Adventure Shipping, which has an address in the British port of Southampton. The ship was flagged in Belize and operated by a Lebanese company.

On February 18, two missiles fired by the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group hit the Rubymar in the Gulf of Aden near the Bab al-Mandab Strait. The ship began taking in water, and its 24 crewmen abandoned it.


 Earlier this month, it sank in the Red Sea off Yemen, and it was the first ship to have been sunk by the Iran-backed Houthis since they began targeting vessels in the Red Sea.


Al-Sharajabi renewed the warning of the seriousness of the current situation of the ship, given the widespread threats it poses to the marine environment and the Yemeni society, whose livelihood depends on the marine environment.

The Rubymar is also believed to be carrying more than 41,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. The United Nations Environment Programme said last week that oil spills are especially damaging to coral reefs and can impede "coral reproduction, growth, behavior and development".

The Houthi group has vowed to step up their operations and sink more ships in support of Palestinians in Gaza, where over 30000 people have been killed by Israel since October last year.

Abdul Malik Al-Ajri, a senior member of the Houthi group, said the United States of America is mainly responsible for the environmental consequences of the sunken Rubymar, and it is the one that bears responsibility for the militarization of the Red Sea.

Houthi movement chief Abdulmalek Al-Houthi said last week that the number of operations in support of Gaza since October last year reached 96 operations, explaining that 403 ballistic and winged missiles and drones were launched and 61 ships were targeted.

Today, The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said the Houthi militants fired one anti-ship ballistic missile from Yemen into the Gulf of Aden, but it caused no damage to any vessels.

It added, "United States Central Command then successfully engaged and destroyed four unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) and one surface-to-air missile in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen."