Suez Canal/Red Sea Shipping Advisory – Updated Jan 05, 2024

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Mar 7, 2024 Update: Escalating Challenges in the Suez Canal

Maritime Security Concerns Escalate in the Red Sea. (Photo Internet reproduction)


As the world continues to navigate the complexities of global trade amidst escalating geopolitical tensions, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea region remain at the forefront of international maritime concerns. Since our last update in January 2024, there have been significant developments that further impact the global shipping industry. Here, we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of these recent changes, emphasizing our unwavering dedication to keeping our partners and clients informed and prepared.


Escalated Security Concerns
The start of 2024 has seen a marked increase in hostilities, with Houthi forces intensifying their attacks on commercial vessels navigating through the Red Sea. These actions not only threaten the safety of maritime operations but also contribute to the rising geopolitical tensions in the area. With over two dozen separate attacks reported since early October 2023, these hostilities have led to international condemnation and demands for immediate cessation of attacks by the United Nations Security Council under Resolution 2722 [1] [2]. The significance of the Suez Canal as a critical conduit for international trade—handling a substantial portion of global commerce—means that disruptions here reverberate worldwide, affecting supply chains and economic stability.


Operational Impact and Industry Response
In response to the elevated risk, major shipping companies, including industry giants like Hapag-Lloyd, have been compelled to reroute their vessels around the Cape of Good Hope. This significant operational shift has led to increased transit times and higher operational costs, underscoring the dynamic and responsive nature of the shipping industry in addressing these challenges. The indiscriminate nature of the Houthi attacks has left the global shipping community on high alert, with insurance premiums for ships using the Red Sea having shot up nearly tenfold since the attacks began [3].


International Efforts to Secure Maritime Routes
The deployment of Operation Prosperity Guardian, a collaborative naval effort involving the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and other allies, underscores the international community’s commitment to securing these vital maritime routes. These efforts aim to provide a protective presence in the region, with the EU mission being strictly defensive and working in collaboration with like-minded partners [4] [5]. Despite these efforts, the persistence of threats necessitates ongoing vigilance and adaptability from all stakeholders involved in global shipping.


Financial Ramifications and Strategic Adjustments
The necessity of rerouting and the associated security measures have precipitated a sharp rise in shipping costs, compounding the financial strain on the industry. Notably, the Suez Canal Authority’s decision to adjust transit fees reflects the economic pressures and operational challenges facing maritime transport through this pivotal global artery.


The Road Ahead
As we continue to monitor and adapt to these evolving challenges, the resilience and ingenuity of the global shipping community will be crucial in navigating the uncertain waters ahead. The implications of these developments for global trade are profound, necessitating a concerted and strategic response from all parties involved in international shipping.

At Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc., we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing our clients with the most current information, strategic insights, and robust solutions to navigate these challenges. Our team is dedicated to ensuring the continuity and efficiency of your shipping needs, even in the face of these unprecedented global disruptions.

We thank you for your continued trust and partnership as we collectively adapt to these changing dynamics. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns or for further information regarding your shipping requirements.


Our Commitment
In the face of these challenges, Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc. remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the continuity and affordability of your shipping needs. We are in constant communication with carriers and exploring all avenues to mitigate these additional costs. Our team is dedicated to limiting their impact on your operations and maintaining our commitment to Delivering First-Class Solutions.



[1] United Nations Security Council, “Adopting Resolution 2722 (2024) by Recorded Vote, Security Council Demands Houthis Immediately Stop Attacks on Merchant, Commercial Vessels in Red Sea,” January 2024. Available at:

[2] UN News, “Security Council strongly condemns Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping,” January 2024. Available at:

[3] Council on Foreign Relations, “How Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea Threaten Global Shipping,” February 2024. Available at:

[4] Euronews, “EU launches mission Aspides to protect Red Sea vessels from Houthi attacks,” February 2024. Available at:

[5] The Times of Israel, “US-led coalition of 10 nations to counter Houthi attacks on vessels in Red Sea,” February 2024. Available at:


Engage with Us
We value your insights and questions as they drive better strategies for overcoming the complex maritime challenges we face together. While we continuously strive to enhance our services and solutions, your feedback plays a crucial role in our collective success.

If you wish to share your thoughts, inquiries, or require further information, we encourage you to connect with us through our Contact Us page. Alternatively, you are welcome to reach out to us by phone at +1 (440) 243-1993. Our team is dedicated to providing the support you need and is always ready to engage in meaningful conversations.

Together, let’s navigate the future of global shipping with resilience and innovation.



Jan 5, 2024 Update: Suez Canal Crisis Impact on Shipping Costs

The recent escalation of Red Sea disruptions threatens crucial global trade routes. Image: Shutterstock


As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and partnership, we wish to inform you about the latest developments impacting global shipping, including your business.


Situation Overview
The ongoing crisis in the Suez Canal and the Red Sea, which we previously updated you on December 29, 2023, continues to evolve. Escalating militant attacks, primarily by Houthi rebels on vessels in the southern Red Sea, including an incident involving a Maersk ship, have severely disrupted global trade. These incidents have led to heightened concerns over potential global inflation as shipping rates have soared. In response, the United States launched a multinational operation on December 19 to safeguard commerce in the Red Sea. However, despite these efforts, many shipping carriers are still rerouting their vessels via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa to evade attack risks, resulting in operational changes, delays, and additional surcharges by major shipping carriers. This shift is not just affecting individual companies; it’s disrupting global trade flows, with a considerable portion of the world’s shipping trade being impacted.


Impending Surcharges
In response to these challenges, shipping companies like Maersk, CMA-CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd have begun implementing surcharges and additional fees to offset the increased costs associated with these rerouting measures. We anticipate that other carriers will follow suit. Maersk for instance, has introduced a Transit Disruption Surcharge (TDS) and a Peak Season Surcharge (PSS), effective from January 1, 2024. The redirection of ships around the southern tip of Africa is expected to cost up to $1 million extra in fuel for every round trip between Asia and Northern Europe.


Global Economic Implications
The escalating conflict poses significant risks to the global economy. If the situation deteriorates further, shipping costs will continue to rise as more transporters take the Cape of Good Hope option, potentially leading to a surge in oil prices and threatening the fragile recovery from high inflation. Additionally, the risk of escalation from direct Iranian involvement could extend to shipping in the Arabian Sea, south of Saudi Arabia and west of India, through which around one-third of the world’s oil passes​.


Naval Task Force and Industry Response
Shipping companies are hopeful that the naval task force, including the UK, France, other NATO countries, and regional allies, will quickly restore order and thwart further attacks. There is confidence that global supply chains are more robust than they were during the pandemic disruptions of 2020 and 2021. Despite the overcapacity of container vessels, the ongoing crisis poses a significant risk if it forces ships to divert for extended periods, potentially widening the Middle East conflict and impacting the global economy as it prepares for 2024​​.


Our Commitment
In the face of these challenges, Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc. remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the continuity and affordability of your shipping needs. We are in constant communication with carriers and exploring all avenues to mitigate these additional costs. Our team is dedicated to limiting their impact on your operations and maintaining our commitment to Delivering First-Class Solutions.


Looking Ahead
As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and update our partners and clients with the most current information and strategies to address these challenges. Your trust and partnership are invaluable to us, especially as we navigate through these unprecedented times together.

We appreciate your understanding and ongoing support.


Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc.

Dec 29 Shipping Advisory: Suez Canal Update and Background

A current map from VesselFinder, captured today (Dec. 29), depicts the shipping traffic in the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. This visual highlights the rerouted paths that vessels are taking in response to recent security concerns. The map offers a clear and updated perspective on how these changes are influencing global shipping routes.


We bring you an update on the ongoing situation in the Suez Canal and the Red Sea, crucial for global shipping.


The Suez Canal, a vital artery in global trade, is currently facing unprecedented challenges. Recent militant attacks in the Red Sea, a critical junction for maritime traffic between Europe, Asia, and Africa, have escalated security concerns significantly. These incidents are part of broader regional tensions affecting maritime security. The canal is not just a crucial passage for cargo but also for energy supplies, making its security paramount for global trade stability. The attacks have prompted shipping companies to seek alternate routes, primarily around Africa, leading to substantial impacts on global trade routes, increased operational costs, and delivery delays.


Current Situation as of Dec 29, 2023
Maersk: Primarily maintaining its course through the Suez Canal, with minimal diversions.
Hapag-Lloyd, Mitsui, and Nippon Yusen: These companies are rerouting their vessels to avoid the Suez Canal.
CMA CGM: Increasing the number of vessels through the Suez Canal.


This crisis has resulted in the rerouting of approximately 20% of the global container fleet, significantly impacting global logistics. This substantial shift is not only affecting the usual shipping routes but also creating bottlenecks in key trade lanes. As a consequence, there are widespread repercussions on international supply chains, marked by elevated shipping costs and notable space shortages. These changes are leading to longer transit times and increased uncertainty in delivery schedules, further straining the already stretched global supply networks.


Next Steps
We are in constant communication with carriers and will provide you with detailed information as soon as it becomes available. Our team is also exploring all avenues to mitigate these additional costs and limit their impact on your operations.

Reach Out for More Information
For any specific concerns or detailed inquiries related to your cargo, please reach out to your shipment coordinator or our sales team. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you and provide the necessary support during these challenging times.


We appreciate your understanding and continued partnership. Rest assured, Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc. is dedicated to navigating these complexities to ensure the least possible disruption to your business. We are here to assist you and are committed to Delivering First-Class Solutions.


Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc.



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