Hapag-Lloyd to offer land bridge option via Saudi Arabia

Hamburg, Germany-based shipping group Hapag-Lloyd has said that, while it would until further notice be continuing to route its vessels around the Cape of Good Hope rather than through the Red Sea, it would also be introducing land corridors through Saudi Arabia to mitigate the impact on its business.

It informed clients on its website that it would offer land connections from Jebel Ali, Dammam and Jubail to its ocean shuttle service out of Jeddah.

“Our aim is to provide (customers) with a convenient contingency solution to overcome this unexpected closure until the situation in the Red Sea has been normalized,” it said.

Hapag-Lloyd noted that it regularly offered logistics services where goods were brought by road or rail further inland from ports. It said that it had 55 ports and 53 inland terminals in the Middle East.