The Houthis continue to create a nightmare for global logistics by attacking commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. However, there are cargoes that cannot wait for a two-week detour around Africa, and there are those who are ready to pay extra for urgency. And then there were those who found, albeit palliative, a way out. The German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd announced the opening of a land route “bypassing the Houthis” through the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia!
This corridor will connect the ports of Jebel Ali in the UAE and Dammam and Jbeil in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi port of Jeddah. There, ships will receive cargo for movement along the Suez Canal, to Eilat and Jordanian Aqaba.
Of course, you can’t carry a lot of manure by land, but for especially valuable and urgent cargo, why isn’t it a solution? Especially considering the practically free fuel in Saudi Arabia.
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