Rebel Houthis forces on Thursday claimed responsibility for a missile attack on the Barbados-flagged and Greek-owned bulk carrier “Lycavitos” in the Gulf of Aden.

The Iran-aligned rebels first claimed, in a statement, that they targeted a “British vessel”.

According to Reuters, the vessel is managed by Helikon Shipping Enterprises, which fields offices in London, Athens and Dalian, China.

The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) earlier said it received notification of an explosion near a vessel sailing some 85 nautical miles east of Aden, while adding that all crewmembers were safe. Only superficial damages from shrapnel were reported.

Several vessels have been targeted over the recent period while sailing in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden by the Yemen-based rebels, ostensibly in opposition over Israel’s military operations in Hamas-controlled Gaza.