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Moller-Maersk, a Danish shipping company, has announced a halt on container shipments through the Red Sea due to recent attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on various vessels.
The company issued a statement, saying, “Following the near-miss incident involving Maersk Gibraltar yesterday and yet another attack on a container vessel today, we have instructed all Maersk vessels in the area bound to pass through the Bab al-Mandab Strait to pause their journey until further notice.” They added, “These recent attacks on commercial vessels are alarming and pose a significant threat to the safety & lives of seafarers. This issue cannot be addressed by the global shipping industry alone, and we urge the international society to come together to find a swift resolution to bring the situation under control.”
The situation has also affected other shipping companies, with Hapag-Lloyd, which was operating the Al Jasrah, announcing a pause in its operations in the corridor. Ambrey, a maritime risk management service, confirmed the impact of a projectile on the Al Jasrah, resulting in a container falling overboard and a fire on deck, though no injuries were reported.
US Central Command acknowledged these attacks, stating, “These attacks continue to threaten international maritime security.”