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Impact of the Iranian Attack and Seizure of MSC Aries on Six Major Carriers

25 April, 2024 Windward


  • Iran launched a missile attack against Israel on April 13, after the Iranian regime started threatening to attack Israel on April 1, following an airstrike in Syria.

  • Following Iran’s missile attack, Windward’s data regarding the containers of the six major carriers (MSC, Maersk, COSCO, CMA CGM, ONE, Hapag-Lloyd) shows a 28% increase in area visits by the six major carriers in The Cape of Good Hope when comparing April 7-13 to April 14-20, 2024. The increase comes after three weeks of decreasing  area visits to The Cape of Good Hope. This is noteworthy because The Cape of Good Hope route is often used as a detour when the Red Sea is considered too risky. 

  • In addition, Windward’s data for April 7-13 showed a 600% increase in dark activities conducted by vessels of the six major carriers in the Red Sea. This marks the highest number of dark activities by these vessels since December 2023, at the height of the Houthi attacks against merchant vessels.


  • It is possible that due to the seizure of the MSC Aries and the increase in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf regions, carriers are again adopting evasive measures to keep away from possibly dangerous areas and hiding their location in potentially dangerous regions as safety measures against seizures.


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