There is currently a delicate situation unfolding in and around the Red Sea, which is one of the most crucial shipping routes in the world. Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in attacks on commercial ships in this region.
Despite the diligent security operations in place to protect the vessels and their crew, these attacks have compelled numerous shipping companies to redirect their shipments.
Typically, vessels departing from China would navigate past India before traversing the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Suez Canal en-route to Europe, spanning a distance of approximately 10,500 miles. This would normally take around 6 weeks including customs clearance.
The alternative route; which diverts around Africa via the Cape of Good Hope; totals around 14,000 miles and takes around 2 weeks longer.
Working with our Logistics Partners
In this rapidly changing landscape, it is imperative to stay well-informed for efficient supply chain management as we work closely with our Logistics Partners.
Although we haven’t been made aware of any specific delays on our shipments; we will ensure to keep you updated with any developments.
Did you know?
The 10 to 14 day diversion around the Cape of Good Hope is the equivalent of 3,500 nautical miles; which is an increase of nearly a third compared to going through the Suez Canal. This is the equivalent of 4,027 miles on land; so, would be the same length as:
- The entire length of the Amazon River
- The distance in flying from the UK to Antigua
- Half of the diameter of the Earth!