Maersk halts Red Sea shipping until further notice after Houthi militant attack
Maersk, one of the world’s leading shipping companies, has temporarily suspended Red Sea shipping with immediate effect after a Houthi militant attacked one of its container ships in Yemeni waters last week.
The company said in statement that it is dedicated to the safety and security of its crew and vessels and as a precautionary measure, all shipping vessels in the region have been temporarily suspended until further notice.
Maersk has been operating in the Red Sea region for years and has been providing shipping services to customers in the region since 2011. It has also taken comprehensive measures to protect its vessels and personnel, including the implementation of a transit corridor which requires vessels to follow a specific navigation plan and adhere to measures such as increased speed, and sailing in and out of certain ports only during daylight hours.
The company also said it has tightened its security measures and dialogues with local authorities following the incident.