Hapag-Llyod to decide on whether to employ Red Sea for shipping post U.S. guaranteeing safety

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Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd will decide on Wednesday on whether to return to the Red Sea routes for shipping, said a spokesperson on Tuesday as Maersk prepared to return to the area post U.S. guaranteeing the safety against the attacks.

The world’s leading shipping companies Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk avoided to sail through the Red Sea due to consistent attack from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, disrupting global trade through the Suez Canal.

Instead, they have rerouted via southern Africa, a longer and more expensive journey. The canal is the quickest sea route between Asia and Europe.

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On Sunday, Maersk said it was preparing to resume shipping operations in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, citing deployment of a U.S. led military operation designed to ensure the safety of commerce in the area.

Last week, the company had said that it would redirect 25 ships by the end of the year to avoid the area.