CMA CGM says Red Sea plans remain in place

France-based shipping line CMA CGM said on Friday January 5th that it had not changed the plans that it announced last month, those being to raise gradually the number of vessels transiting through the Suez Canal.

While some of the global headlines in the major media channels have seemed to indicate that the Suez Canal was effectively shut, while the Red Sea was an off-limit warzone, the facts are a fraction less exciting. Traffic through Suez is, in fact, holding up rather well, although there has been a noticeable impact that will have an economic effect on the region.

Elsewhere, Finnish company Finnlines was reported to have told the captain of passenger/vehicle RoRo Finncanopus (IMO 9902421) to avoid navigation through the Red Sea.

The ship is en route from China to Finland, and, after dropping off its cargo in southern Europe, will continue to Finland, now arriving 12 days later than originally scheduled. 2023-built, Finland-flagged, 65,692 gt Finncanopus is owned and managed by Finnlines PLC of Helsinki, Finland. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Finnlines PLC. As of January 2nd it was in the Malacca Strait, listing its destination as Durban, South Africa, ETA January 11th. It left Yantai, China, on December 22nd