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Shipping giant Maersk to divert vessels away from the Red Sea ‘for the foreseeable future’

The Maersk Sentosa container ship sails southbound to exit the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt, on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023.

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Danish shipping giant Maersk said Friday it would extend its diversion of vessels from the Red Sea for the “foreseeable future” due to safety concerns amid a spate of attacks by Houthi militants.

It means avoiding the Suez Canal on Europe-Asia routes and taking the longer Cape of Good Hope route around southern Africa.

“The situation is constantly evolving and remains highly volatile, and all available intelligence at hand confirms that the security risk continues to be at a significantly elevated level,” Maersk said in a statement.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.

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