Shipping: Maersk and CMA-CGM return to the Red Sea
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Par Ibrahima DIALLO
28 December 2023 / 14:50

Vessels from the shipping company CMA-CGM have returned to the Red Sea following attacks by Houthi rebels in Yemen, and those from Maersk will do the same, the two shipping giants said on Wednesday.

"Some ships have transited through the Red Sea" and "we are planning to gradually increase the transit of our ships through the Suez Canal" - which links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea - said French group CMA-CGM in a message to its customers, forwarded to AFP.

Maersk, for its part, is preparing to "resume shipping in the Red Sea to the east and west", the Danish carrier said in a statement on Sunday, and the first cargo ships will be using the canal "as soon as possible".

Several of the world's shipping giants had announced in mid-December that they were suspending the passage of their ships through the Red Sea, a major trade route, following attacks by Houthi rebels.

A large number of ships had begun to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, in the very south of Africa, taking a route that makes the journey longer and more expensive.

The Red Sea is a "highway of the sea" linking the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and thus Europe to Asia. Some 20,000 ships pass through the Suez Canal every year, the gateway to and from the Red Sea.

In recent weeks, Yemeni rebels close to Iran have stepped up their attacks near the strategic Bab al-Mandeb Strait, which separates the Arabian Peninsula from Africa.

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