The current situation in the Red Sea
22. 12. 2023
Carriers have informed us about the suspension of vessels in the Red Sea area due to a highly escalated security situation. On Friday, December 15th, ships sailing in this region were attacked. For security reasons, vessels will be diverted around the Cape of Good Hope. Unfortunately, this has resulted in increased costs for carriers. Diverting vessels around the Cape of Good Hope to mitigate persistent navigation risks in this region is a necessary step for safety. However, ultimately, it has led to increased costs for carriers, which they will seek to recover. Maersk, as a company, has introduced a Transit Disruption Surcharge (TDS), Peak Season Surcharge (PSS), and Extraordinary Event Surcharge (ECS) for all cargo on vessels affected by the disruption in the Red Sea/Aden Gulf area. At this moment, safety is our top priority, and the need to implement these surcharges stems from our responsibility to protect our crew, vessels, and your cargo. We anticipate that other carriers will also introduce similar surcharges.