Saturday, December 16, 2023

Top shipping company Maersk suspends Red Sea route after two more Houthi strikes

One of the world’s largest shipping companies, Maersk, said Friday it was suspending its vessels’ passage through a key Red Sea strait following attacks by Yemeni Houthi rebels on merchant ships.

“Following the near-miss incident involving Maersk Gibraltar yesterday and yet another attack on a container vessel today, we have instructed all Maersk vessels in the area bound to pass through the Bab al-Mandab Strait to pause their journey until further notice,” the Danish company said a statement to AFP.

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd announced it too was suspending Red Sea container ship traffic until December 18, after one of its vessels was attacked by the Houthis.

“Hapag-Lloyd is interrupting all container ship traffic across the Red Sea until Monday,” the company said in a statement sent to AFP.

At that point, they would make a decision on the subsequent period, it added. READ MORE