Shipping carriers adjust routes amid Red Sea crisis

Shipping carriers adjust routes amid Red Sea crisis

The maritime industry’s top shipping carriers have announced their latest route adjustments amid the ongoing Red Sea crisis.

On 15 December 2023, Reuters reported that Maersk announced a pause in container shipments after a close call involving its Maersk Gibraltar ship.

As of today, Maersk has established a page on its website dedicated to providing clients with the most recent updates on their services as a result of the current issue.

According to the Danish shipping company, many of its vessels have been redirected to the Cape of Good Hope or are continuing via the Suez Canal.

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On 27 December 2023, Bloomberg reported Hapag-Lloyd deemed it too dangerous for its vessels to transit through the Red Sea.

Lars Jensen, CEO Partner of Vespucci Maritime, observed that on the German shipping firm’s live Suez situation ticker, the status on AR1 is now simply ‘to be announced’.

Jensen also noted that three of Ocean Network Express (ONE)’s vessels are now planned to return to Singapore rather than enter the Red Sea.

Commenting on Taiwanese shipping company Wan Hai Lines, Jensen stated: “The next scheduled call in Singapore is stated as 20 January for Wan Hai 613, 4 February for San Diego Bridge, and 2 February for YM Mutuality.

“A live vessel tracking on Wan Hai’s site, however, shows Wan Hai 613 to have a planned next arrival in Shanghai on 1 February, San Diego Bridge as calling next in Singapore on 2 February and YM Mutuality in Jeddah on 12 January.”

In November 2023, Wan Hai Lines Ltd. established an agency office in Maldives in view of the huge domestic demand in the Indian inland and South Asia.

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