Suez crisis prompts Maersk to temporarily shut down short-term contracts

In the wake of the Suez crisis, Maersk is temporarily shutting down short-term bookings and Spot bookings in a large number of key areas, including all exports from Asia and Europe, due to an expected dip in capacity.

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Maersk, the world's largest shipping company, is now temporarily shutting down short-term bookings as well as bookings made via the online platform Spot.

The shutdown follows the situation in the Suez Canal, which has just reopened for traffic after being blocked for six days. The blockage has created a huge accumulation of ships waiting by the canal, and it will continue to create bottlenecks in ports around the world, which will lead to major dives in capacity, the company expects.

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