Maersk Re-Suspends Traffic Through Red Sea

As this publication reported on December 24th, 2023, shipping-giant Maersk authorized its fleet to resume transit through the Red Sea after a U.S.-led task force established protection of ships through the critical juncture. However, after the December 30th incident with the Hangzhou, the company has re-suspended its fleet’s traffic until further notice. The announcement reads below:

”Following the 30 December incident involving our vessel, Maersk Hangzhou, we have decided to pause all transits through the Red Sea / Gulf of Aden until further notice.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing and we will continue to pause all cargo movement through the area while we further assess the constantly evolving situation. In cases where it makes most sense for our customers, vessels will be rerouted and continue their journey around the Cape of Good Hope. The latest information is available on our diversion and contingency plans page.

We remain committed to minimising the impact on our customers’ supply chains and will continue to keep you updated on the situation. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the options for your cargo, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Maersk representative.”

This announcement is a public relations blow to Prosperity Guardian. Although the Hangzhou was not seized and U.S. and coalition warships have successfully defended multiple vessels, the risk is still too high for commercial partners to accept.

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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