French Ship Transits Red Sea Under Naval Escort

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  • CMA CGM container ship transited the Red Sea under French naval escort, after suspending crossings for security risks earlier this month.
  • Other major shipping firms have also suspended voyages via the Red Sea, disrupting the main route for trade between Asia and Europe.

French shipping and transport company CMA CGM says that its Jules Verne container ship transited the Red Sea under French naval escort, after suspending crossings for security risks earlier this month, reports the Loadstar.

In coordination with French naval forces, the CMA CGM Jules Verne transited the Red Sea without incident, escorted by the frigate Alsace,” CMA CGM says in a statement.

The decision to avoid the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern end of the Red Sea was made after attacks on vessels by Houthi terrorists in Yemen, including the targeting of a convoy containing CMA CGM-operated ships, a source had said.

Other major shipping firms have also suspended voyages via the Red Sea, disrupting the main route for trade between Asia and Europe.

The Houthis say they are attacking Israeli-linked vessels in a show of support for Palestinians in Gaza. However, many of the ships targeted have no connection to Israel.

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Source: The Loadstar

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