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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 18:03 IST

Hapag-Lloyd to consider resuming Red Sea operations

The world's top shipping companies including Maersk and Hapag Lloyd, stopped using Red Sea routes after Yemen's Houthi militant attacks.

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Germany's Hapag-Lloyd will decide on Wednesday whether to resume journeys through the Red Sea, a spokesperson said on Tuesday as Maersk prepared to return to the area after US-led efforts to prevent attacks.

The world's top shipping companies including Maersk and Hapag Lloyd, stopped using Red Sea routes after Yemen's Houthi militant group began targeting vessels this month, disrupting global trade through the Suez Canal.

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Instead, they have rerouted via southern Africa, a longer and more expensive journey. The canal is the quickest sea route between Asia and Europe.

"We will decide tomorrow how we will proceed," a Hapag-Lloyd spokesperson said on Tuesday, declining to comment further.

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The company had said last week it would redirect 25 ships by the end of the year to avoid the area.

Maersk had said on Sunday that it was preparing to resume shipping operations in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, citing the deployment of the US-led military operation designed to ensure the safety of commerce in the area.

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Maersk did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday about when it would return vessels to the Suez Canal and what assistance it had received from the US-led maritime force.

Two explosions in the Red Sea were reported by a vessel sailing off the coast of Yemen on Tuesday, shortly after two unmanned aircraft were sighted, a British maritime authority said.

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The British maritime authority said the vessel was in contact with coalition forces and that reports said the crew was safe and the vessel was continuing its voyage.

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 18:03 IST

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