Maersk & CMA CGM Stop Shipping Near Red Sea
Maersk Line & CMA CGM have stopped vessels that are due to pass through the Bab al-Mandab Strait, situated at the Red Sea approach to the Suez Canal, until further notice.
The instruction follows Friday’s attacks on containerships, where missiles were understood to have been launched from within Yemen, resulting in one Hapag Lloyd vessel being set on fire.
Maersk Line advised: “We are monitoring the situation constantly and retrieving all available intelligence on the security situation in the area. We expect to share more information about any next steps for these paused vessels within the next few days.
“Ensuring the safety of our employees is of the utmost importance and our number one priority in handling this challenging situation. We are also committed to ensuring the stability of our customers’ supply chains, and we are working closely with our logistics teams and taking the necessary steps to minimise the impact on customers.
“We understand the potential impact this will have on your supply chain, but please rest assured that all decisions have been carefully considered by our teams and only implemented to ensure the safety of our vessels, crew and your cargo.”
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