Danish container shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s second largest company in the sector, which this week suspended the transit of its ships through the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden route, has announced that it will divert its traffic towards the Cape of Good Hope for “the future foreseeable”.

In a statement, the Scandinavian company noted that the situation in the Red Sea area is constantly evolving and remains very volatile, adding that the security risk remains at a “significantly high” level.

“Therefore, we have decided that all Maersk vessels transiting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden will be diverted southwards, around the Cape of Good Hope, for the foreseeable future,” he announced.

In this regard, while still awaiting a resolution in the near future, Maersk has encouraged its customers to prepare for the possibility of complications in the area persisting and significant disruptions to the global network.

Last Tuesday, the Danish company announced the paralysis of the transit of all its ships through the Red Sea route “until further notice”, after one of its ships was attacked on December 30 while trying to cross the area.

Maersk initially decided to suspend traffic through the Red Sea route on December 15 following the attack on one of its container ships amid growing risks to merchant fleets in the area posed by Houthi militants.

However, at the end of December, following the deployment of a multinational initiative led by the United States to address security problems in the area, Maersk announced that it was preparing to order its ships to use this passage again to and from the Canal. of Suez gradually.

However, the attack on the Maersk Hangzhou ship, one of the company’s first ships to resume the Red Sea route, led the Danish multinational to suspend the transit of its ships for 48 hours, which it confirmed on Tuesday until this Friday. informed of its decision to continue diverting routes to Africa for the foreseeable future.