A European company refuses to resume operations in the Red Sea as the Union descends into conflict

Yesterday, Denmark shocked the European Union regarding its operations in the Red Sea, coinciding with the first engagement of the European military mission in the confrontation with Yemen.

Exclusive – Al-Khabar Al-Yemeni:

The biggest European shipping corporation, “Maersk,” with its headquarters in Denmark, stated in a statement that it has extended its emergency plans in the Red Sea into the second part of this year, expecting Yemeni operations to continue until then.

In a statement, the company called on its customers to prepare for additional shipping costs and delays in supply chains due to what it described as “disruptions in the Red Sea.”

The company stated that it had decided to extend work at maximum capacity in order to alleviate the shipping burden through the Cape of Good Hope.

Earlier, the company had announced the suspension of its operations in the Red Sea following a series of attacks targeting ships heading to Israeli ports.

The company’s announcement came as a continuation of the maritime emergency plan, coinciding with the German newspaper “Rundschau” revealing European efforts to persuade shipping companies to resume operations in the Red Sea with the start of the European Union military mission.

Furthermore, the timing of the announcement coincided with the German army’s disclosure of its frigate’s clash with Yemeni drones, indicating that the company, which did not participate in the European mission, fears further escalation. It is concerned that the deployment of the European military mission will negatively impact navigation to European ports, especially with reports of warnings from Yemen to Western countries of the consequences of militarizing the sea and threatening to respond in kind and include those countries on the list of entities hostile to Yemen. This step may include a ban on navigation to and from European ports, for which the Red Sea is an important supply line in the region, especially in the energy sector.

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