Major carriers adapt services in wake of Red Sea tension

MSC adjusts east-west network in wake of Red Sea tension

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have both announced updates to its global services due to the current tension in and around the Red Sea / Gulf of Aden.

MSC announced that its ships will not transit the Suez Canal Eastbound and Westbound until the Red Sea passage is safe again.

The shipping giant cited security concerns in the region and the safety of its crew as reasons for its decision.

Redirecting all vessels via the Cape of Good Hope has impacted global shipping networks. As a result, MSC is adapting its East-West routes to manage this disruption, while Maersk is adapting its Transpacific and Asia-Europe routes.

As such, rotations will be changed, and vessels will be added to limit the disruption on sailing schedule of the rerouting via the Cape, reported both shipping liners.

READ: CMA CGM reshuffles service crossing Red Sea amid safety concerns

“We are making these changes to preserve weekly departures for our services with the goal of offering more predictability, reliability, and consistency, despite the associated delays that come with the current reroutings,” Maersk reported in a statement.  

In December 2023, the Port of Hamburg Beteiligungsgesellschaft SE, a totally-owned subsidiary of MSC, announced the outcome of its voluntary public takeover offer for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft (HHLA) at the conclusion of the extra acceptance time.

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