HMM, ONE, Wallenius Wilhelmsen react to Red Sea crisis

Three more companies on Tuesday revealed that they had taken action in response to the current Red Sea crisis, where commercial vessels have been vulnerable to increasingly frequent attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militia via drone or missile attack.

South Korea-based container shipper HMM said on December 19th that from December 15th it had ordered its ships from Europe that would normally use the Suez Canal to reroute via the Cape of Good Hope. It said that this order would remain in place until rescinded.

Ocean Network Express (ONE), a joint venture of Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines, Nippon Yusen and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, said on December 19th that it had decided to re-route vessels away from the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. Instead, ONE will navigate its ships around the Cape of Good Hope or temporarily pause their journey and reposition them in safe areas.

Norway-based Wallenius Wilhelmsen said on December 19th that it would halt Red Sea transits until further notice. It said that re-routing vessels via the Cape of Good Hope would add one to two weeks to voyage durations.