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Irish vessel apprehended over military shipment bound for Yemen

An Irish research vessel, flagged with the Marshall Islands, has been apprehended by Arab Coalition forces. The Mainport Cedar, en route from Djibouti to Hodeidah port in Yemen, was carrying military equipment rather the medical supplies on its manifest, Arab Coalition sources told local media.

The military equipment was found in containers that came from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. The ship has been taken to the Saudi port of Jizan for inspection.

The military equipment was presumed destined fore the pro-Iranian Houthi militias and the ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The ship belongs to Cork-headquartered Mainport.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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