Footage broadcast by the media shows the missile attack on a cargo ship as it entered the port of Odessa.
The attack resulted in the death of one navigator and the injury of four members of the ship’s crew.
The 91,900 dwt Liberian-flagged bulk carrier KMAX Ruler was to load iron ore destined for China, according to Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, who said that after Russia’s withdrawal from agreement on grain exports through the Black Sea, there have been 21 Russian attacks on Ukrainian port infrastructure.
War experts do not rule out that the Russian missile was attracted by the radio operating on the ship.
Ukraine after Russia’s withdrawal from the Black Sea agreement has managed to create an alternative corridor since then, protected by its own weapons. More than 65 ships have already left Ukraine under this corridor
Intercargo: Deep sadness and concern
The International Union of Independent Dry Bulk Ship Owners (Intercargo) expressed its deep sadness and concern for the horrific missile attack on the ship in the port of Odessa.
“It is a stark reminder of how fragile security at sea is. This act of aggression, capable of causing the loss of innocent lives, must be strongly condemned,” reports Intercargo.
“Bulk carriers, manned by innocent seafarers, are the epitome of non-combatant ships and any attack against them is reprehensible and inexcusable,” Intercargo says, adding:
“It is imperative to emphasize that merchant ships, regardless of the ongoing conflict, should not be made pawns in any hostile engagement and it was fortunate that this attack did not cost more lives. In light of this tragic incident, it is vital that all nations in the Black Sea region come together to ensure the safety and security of our seafarers, who play an integral role in global trade and prosperity.”