Big ships are in trouble – level 3
Maersk reports that adverse winter conditions in northern European ports and vessel diversions from the Red Sea are causing congestion at container terminals.
Shipping companies, including Maersk, have redirected vessels away from the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden due to attacks by Yemen’s Houthis, opting for longer routes around Africa instead of the Suez Canal shortcut. Winter storms and holiday-related disruptions in northern Europe have led to terminal closures and navigation stoppages. Maersk warns of potential operational impacts across Europe and Hub terminals due to these factors.
The CEO anticipates that the disruptions caused by Red Sea attacks may persist for several months. Maersk offers customers the option to shift cargo to air freight in Oman and the UAE to mitigate delays. Container shipping rates for major trade routes have surged amid concerns of prolonged disruptions.
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