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Shipping Update – Jan 2024

Please be advised that some of the major container vessel operators have announced a diversion of route from the Red Sea with immediate effect, due to a heighten risk of drone and rocket strikes near Yemen.

Some commercial vessels will continue to take this route, however. But those that are re-directing will circle around Africa, passing the Cape of Good Hope. This longer route generally adds a 10-14 days to the normal transit time, compared to passing through the Suez Canal. Please note that is a simplistic comparison, as transit time can be compressed to compensate if a vessel operator chooses to skip multiple ports of call en route. Therefore, it’s prudent to look at the overall impact by on a per-vessel basis.

Ensuring the integrity of your supply chain is our priority. Orbit is following every consignment that we have on sea, and will advise if the arrival of your goods is affected by the situation at the Red Sea. Please do not hesitate to engage us regarding your particular concerns, and we will gladly provide you with a more tailored update.

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