Red Sea Situation – Daily Bulletin

Welcome to the Inchcape Red Sea Situation daily bulletin relating to the situation in the Red Sea and Suez Canal for Wednesday, 17th January.

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Situation Update

US Centcom reported on X (formerly Twitter) “On Jan. 16 at approximately 1:45 p.m. (Sanaa time), Iranian-backed Houthi militants launched an anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen into international shipping lanes in the Southern Red Sea. M/V Zografia, a Maltese flagged bulk carrier reported they were struck but seaworthy and were continuing their Red Sea transit. No injuries were reported. Earlier in the day at approximately, 4:15 a.m. (Sanaa time), U.S. Forces struck and destroyed four Houthi anti-ship ballistic missiles prepared to launch from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.”

Suez Canal Transits

Today saw 45 Suez Transits of which just 26 were in the Southbound Convoy. It should be noted there are around 50 ports in 5 countries between Suez and the Yemen border, including major facilities for Saudi and Jordan.

Suez Canal Transits 17

It would appear that the daily transits have stabilised at around the 50 a day or 55% of November levels. Container vessels has the biggest decline.


Mauritius and Cape of Good Hope

A Port Advisory has been published by the Port Louis Harbour Master regarding Storm Belal. Conditions are improving, but services must be conducted in the outer Port.

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Storm Belal. Source:
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Port Louis, Mauritius. Source:

How can Inchcape Shipping Services help?

Inchcape Shipping Services is well established in Africa when considering to divert around the Cape of Good Hope. With 14 port offices and a network of carefully selected and vetted partners, our team of experienced agents offer top-notch support and expertise to vessels when they are in port, covering everything from crew welfare and customs formalities to fuel supply and waste management.

We provide:

  • 24/7 availability with a local Inchcape representative.
  • Direct liaison with the vessel on all aspects of the call when required.
  • Critical local expertise and liaison with managing local authorities.
  • Assist with crew logistics, including transport to and from the airport, accommodation, and medical assistance.
  • Coordination and facilitation of bunker supplies, supervision and sampling.

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