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Closure of Suez Canal causes shipping companies to worry about pirates – US Navy receives concerns

The container ship MV Ever Given has been blocked by the Suez Canal for almost five days.

Shipping companies are concerned about possible encounters with pirates by their ships, which have set out to circumnavigate Africa due to the blockage of the Suez Canal.

Financial Times according to the U.S. Navy has received contacts from several shipping companies highlighting voyage risks.

Professor at the University of Southern California Genevieve Giuliano assesses to the Washington Post that the fear of piracy is justified.

– There is a risk, and it is probably one more reason why ships think twice before going around the Horn of Africa.

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According to the magazine, touring the continent will also increase the voyage time of ships by a week or two and increase fuel costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

MV Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container vessels, has been blocking the Suez Canal, known as a freight hub, since last Tuesday morning. The ship sank into the shallows in a sandstorm.

Some of the ships stranded as a result of the accident have set sail around the African continent to reach their destination.



Source site www.is.fi

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