Apparently random attacks on ships by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea have made the area “a proper mess”, according to Frontline chief executive Lars Barstad.

The Norwegian tanker company has been outspoken about the region being unsafe for “responsible owners” to operate in.

In its fourth-quarter results statement, Frontline noted that “some actors” are still risking their crews’ safety by continuing to use the Red Sea for transits.