Hapag-Lloyd has stopped their ships from entering the southern entrance of the Red Sea on Friday after attacks on their vessels.
Hapag-Lloyd spokesman Nils Haupt said Friday some of the company’s ships were asked to pause and drift outside the strait, a narrow stretch of water that links the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea. It’s also a key passage that enables ships to travel to Egypt’s Suez Canal.
Hapag’s Al Jasrah vessel was hit by an unknown object on Friday traveling through the strait, resulting in a fire that was later contained, Haupt said.
At least eight ships have been attacked in recent weeks in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, according to ship owners and brokers.
The team at Ligentia are monitoring this breaking news story and will provide further updates as we learn more in the coming days.
Source: Wall Street Journal (Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd Avoid Red Sea Voyages After Attacks on Ships - WSJ)