Container carriers AP Møller-Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd are considering diverting their container ships, which would normally pass through the Suez Canal, via the Cape of Good Hope.

Because a 400-meter-long container ship has run aground on the important shipping route, a major traffic jam has arisen.

AP Møller-Maersk, the world's largest container carrier, reports that it is considering all alternatives to the passage by ship through the Egyptian canal.

Hapag-Lloyd is also currently investigating whether it makes sense to let vessels sail around Africa, the company writes in a separate statement.

That results in a delay of about a week, a spokesman for the German shipping company said.

Eleven AP Møller-Maersk ships have suffered from the blockade so far, three of which are stuck in a ship's queue.

It depends on the duration of the congestion whether the group's global distribution network will be affected by the congestion, the company reports.

Hapag-Lloyd reports that five ships are affected by the congestion in the Suez Canal.

On Thursday, the attempt to refloat the Ever Given ship was resumed.

It is still unclear how long it will take to resolve the blockade.

Topman Peter Berdowski of maritime service provider Boskalis, who helps with the detachment of the ship,

did not

rule out in current affairs

program Nieuwsuur

that this could take weeks.

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