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A general view shows Liberia-flagged bulk carrier Kmax Ruler damaged by a Russian missile strike in the sea port Pivdennyi, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa region, Ukraine November 9, 2023. REUTERS/Stringer

A general view shows Liberia-flagged bulk carrier Kmax Ruler damaged by a Russian missile strike in the sea port Pivdennyi, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa region, Ukraine November 9, 2023. REUTERS/Stringer

Russia’s Missile Attack on Commercial Ship Draws International Condemnation

Mike Schuler
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November 9, 2023

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) says it is “deeply saddened and concerned” by Russia’s “appalling” missile attack on a commercial ship at the port of Odesa in Ukraine.

The attack on the KMAX Ruler resulted in the death of a pilot and injuries to four crew members. This incident marks the first casualty of a civilian mariner since the war began, according to the United Nations.

INTERCARGO strongly condemned the attack, describing it as a stark reminder of the fragility of maritime safety and security.

“Bulk carriers, manned by innocent seafarers, represent the epitome of non-combatant vessels, and any assault on them is both reprehensible and inexcusable,” INTERCARGO said in a statement. “It is imperative to underscore that merchant vessels, unrelated to the ongoing conflict, should not become pawns in any hostile engagement and it was fortunate this attack did not claim more lives.”

The association called for unity among all nations in the Black Sea region to prioritize the safety and security of seafarers, who play a vital role in global trade and economic prosperity.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the affected seafarers in this tragic incident,” INTERCARGO said, adding that it will continue to closely monitor the situation in the area going forward.

The missile attack has drawn international condemnation, highlighting the urgent need for ensuring the safety and protection of maritime trade and innocent seafarers in the region amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Yesterday’s attack is one of over 30 attacks on Ukrainian port facilities since the termination of the Black Sea Initiative in July,” said Denise Brown, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine. “This tragic incident marks the first time civilians are killed and injured on a civilian vessel.“

“The consequences of this brutal and relentless pattern of Russian attacks on port facilities are devastating for Ukraine’s economy and the hundreds of millions of people facing hunger worldwide,” Brown added.

Equasis data shows the KMAX Ruler is owned and operated by Venus Mare based in the Philippines.

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