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Updated December 27th, 2023 at 15:46 IST

Hapag-Lloyd maintains Suez Canal route suspension

The shipping industry has been on heightened alert following recent attacks on vessels in December.

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Suez Crisis: Hapag-Lloyd, the German container shipping company, reaffirmed its decision to avoid traversing the Suez Canal due to prevailing safety concerns, as indicated by a company spokesperson on Wednesday. Instead, the company intends to continue redirecting its vessels to navigate via the Cape of Good Hope. The spokesperson further stated that a forthcoming reassessment of the situation is scheduled for Friday.

The shipping industry has been on heightened alert following recent attacks on vessels in December, prompting multiple companies to halt their transit through the Red Sea. This disruption has had ripple effects on global trade flows reliant on the Suez Canal route. 

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In contrast, Denmark's Maersk announced its plans on Sunday to recommence shipping operations in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Maersk attributed its decision to the deployment of a US-led military initiative aimed at safeguarding commercial activities within the region.

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(With Reuters inputs)

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 15:46 IST

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