Big ships are in trouble – level 1

23-01-2024 07:00

Shipping company Maersk has problems in Europe. There are many winter storms. Ports are closing terminals. There are too many ships and too much stuff.

Houthis attack ships in the Red Sea. Ships must find another way. They take longer routes around Africa. Maersk expects more troubles in Europe thanks to all of this. Problems in the Red Sea will last a few months.

Maersk starts sending goods by air from Oman and the UAE.  It is faster. But this brings new challenges for companies. The price of transport will get higher and higher.

Difficult words: shipping company (a company which moves products from one place to another), route (way or path), challenge (a difficult problem to solve).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What challenges might companies face when using air transport as an alternative to shipping by sea due to winter storms and port closures in Europe, according to the article?


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