Sudden! US aircraft carrier hit! Global shipping market affected

On the evening of May 31, a military spokesman for the Houthi armed forces in Yemen said that it had attacked the US aircraft carrier "Eisenhower", using a number of winged missiles and ballistic missiles and hitting the target. However, according to the US political news website Politico, US officials said there was no attack near the US aircraft carrier in the Red Sea.
The Red Sea crisis continues, the global shipping market has been affected, and freight rates on European and American routes continue to rise. Galaxy Futures said that due to the fermentation of the Red Sea conflict and the transfer of ships, Singapore and other transit ports are seriously congested, which may once again disrupt the global supply chain.


Houthi armed forces: has attacked the United States aircraft carrier! The United States denies

According to CCTV News, on May 31, local time, Yemeni Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sareya said that the United States and Britain carried out air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sana'a and Hodeidaddo, resulting in at least 16 deaths and 42 injuries.

Yahya Sareya said that the US and British air strikes against local civilian facilities violated international law and committed war crimes. in response to the us-british attacks,The Houthi armed forces have attacked the US aircraft carrier "Eisenhower", using multiple winged missiles and ballistic missiles, and hitting targets.

However, according to the US political news website Politico, US officials said there was no attack near the US aircraft carrier in the Red Sea.

The "Eisenhower" aircraft carrier is the second ship of the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. It was commissioned on October 18, 1977. It is the third nuclear-powered aircraft carrier built by the United States and a multi-purpose large-scale nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in active service. aircraft carrier. In the Middle East, the aircraft carrier Eisenhower has been deployed for nearly eight months, covering the Mediterranean and Red Sea waters.

On May 31, local time, Yemen's Houthi-controlled television station reported that US and British warplanes launched air strikes on a number of targets in Sana'a city and Taiz province on the evening of the 30th, including radio buildings and telecommunications facilities. The United States and Britain subsequently confirmed the joint strike, claiming to be in response to Houthi attacks on ships in waters such as the Red Sea. According to a statement from the US Central Command, US and British forces attacked 13 targets controlled by the Houthi armed forces, including underground facilities, missile launchers, command posts, ships and drones.

The U.S. Central Command reported that it shot down eight drones in Yemen's Houthi armed control area and over the Red Sea on the afternoon of May 30, local time. At the same time, the British Ministry of Defense stated that British warplanes cooperated with the US military to carry out joint strikes on Houthi military facilities to prevent them from continuing to attack ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. In addition, Britain and the United States also jointly attacked three locations in Hodeida where Houthi armed drones and surface-to-air weapons were stored.



US military 'Reath' drone shot down

It is worth noting that on May 29, the day before the US-British joint military operation, another US military MQ-9 "Reaper" integrated drone was shot down in Yemen.

A video released by the Yemeni Houthis on the 29th showed that a US MQ-9 "Death" drone crashed after being attacked by a surface-to-air missile in the desert area of Marib province in central Yemen. The Associated Press said according to the exposure of the image analysis, MQ-9 UAV tail components and other parts of the fuselage separation. After the drone was shot down, at least one hatch on the fuselage appeared to be opened, but the main part of the drone was basically intact and there was no obvious explosion damage.

Yemeni Houthi spokesman Yahya Sareya said on the 29th that his militants used locally produced surface-to-air missiles to shoot down a US MQ-9 drone. At the time, the drone was on a hostile mission over the central Yemeni province of Marib.

This is the third time since this month that the Houthis in Yemen have shot down a US military MQ-9 drone, and it is also the sixth such drone shot down by the Houthis since the outbreak of a new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict on October 7 last year.

In early May this year, the Houthi armed forces stated that the organization will expand the scope of its strike to strike all ships of companies that have traded with Israel in the past few months in the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, regardless of their nationality. And where the target port is.



Global shipping market affected
The Houthis announced on May 29 that they would launch attacks on six cargo ships sailing in the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea that had docked at Israeli ports. Earlier, the British maritime security company (Ambrey) said that a merchant ship was hit by three missiles about 54 nautical miles southwest of Hodeidah in Yemen. A distress message from the vessel showed that the cargo hold was damaged and flooded and the vessel was tilting.
Congestion at transit ports such as Singapore is severe due to the fermentation of conflicts in the Red Sea and the transfer of ships, which could once again disrupt global supply chains. Container congestion at the Port of Singapore has reached an unprecedented critical level, according to a new report from Linerlytica. At present, a large number of ships are queuing up outside the port, and the backlog of containers exceeds 450000 TEUs.
At present, Asia-Europe and the United States and other routes, such as freight rates continue to rise. Due to the market uncertainty caused by the Red Sea crisis and the recent GRI increase of several shipping companies, the cost of sea freight from Asia is rising. Although compared with the same period last year, the overall capacity, except for the Asia-Europe route, has declined slightly, and other routes have remained stable. However, due to the impact of the situation, ships need to bypass the Cape of Good Hope, resulting in longer transportation time. Therefore, more ships need to be deployed on the Asia-Europe route and the trans-Pacific route, resulting in market expectations of tight shipping space.
As the Red Sea crisis continues, global shipping giant Maersk expects capacity between the Far East and Europe to fall by 15 to 20 per cent in the second quarter of this year due to increased disruption of container shipping in the Red Sea, which could lead to longer sailing times and higher freight rates.