UK research ship MAINPORT CEDAR arrested on suspicion of smuggling weapons to Yemen
Arab Coalition forces made a statement on Feb 14, saying that they detained research ship MAINPORT CEDAR, suspecting Iranian arms smuggling to Yemen. According to AIS, vessel was detained on Feb 13 or 14, and taken to Jizan port, Saudi Arabia. Arab Coalition Intelligence intercepted encrypted messages coming to and fro the vessel. MAINPORT CEDAR sailed from Bandar Abbas Iran to Djibouti, and from Djibouti to Yemen waters, presumably to Hodeidah. As of Feb 14, vessel was docked in Jizan, subject to search and investigation.