PARIS (Reuters) – French shipowner CMA CGM said on Tuesday it plans to gradually increase the number of ships transiting through the Suez Canal, as the Yemeni Houthi movement has carried out various attacks against ships in recent weeks in the Red Sea on the sidelines of the conflict in Gaza.
Indicating that it has put in place preventive security measures for its crews, ships and goods in recent days, CMA CGM said it had taken the decision to “re-route certain ships to the Cape of Good Hope”.
In a statement, the group said it planned to “gradually increase” the transit of its ships through the Suez Canal, while some ships transited through the Red Sea after a “thorough assessment of the situation in terms of security.
“We are constantly monitoring the situation and stand ready to reassess and adjust our plans if necessary,” he added.
The Iran-aligned Houthis have warned shipping companies that they will carry out attacks on any Israeli ship or vessel visiting Israeli ports, in a show of support for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
In this context, a number of container ships have anchored in the Red Sea while others have disabled their tracking systems during their transit through the main trade route between Asia and Europe .
The United States, Israel’s main ally, decided in response to the Houthi attacks to set up an international operation to secure maritime traffic in the Red Sea.
CMA CGM earlier this month ordered its ships to avoid the Suez Canal, following in the wake of Swiss company MSC after one of its container ships was the target of an attack claimed by the Houthis.
The Danish shipowner Maersk, whose ships were attacked by the Yemeni movement, said on Sunday that it was preparing to resume transit in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, citing the operation launched by the United States. United.
The German group Hapag-Lloyd said on Tuesday that it would decide on Wednesday whether or not to resume shipping in the Red Sea.
(Written by Jean Terzian, edited by Bertrand Boucey)
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