More container lines are adding risk surcharges for shipments to and from Middle East Gulf ports following last month’s attack and two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Hapag-Lloyd is joining CMA CGM and APL in charging a war risk surcharge for cargo to and from ports in the Middle East Gulf.

Container lines are starting to roll out war risk surcharges for Middle East Gulf ports following the recent attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

The tanker Front Altair damaged in an attack in the Gulf of Oman last week will undertake a ship-to-ship transfer its cargo before heading for repair.

Why should seafarers be constantly put in harm’s way, from pirates, hostile officials in ports that nobody ought to visit, and now as collateral damage as the threat of war breaks out in the Middle East? The answer is, as it has always been, that they have no choice in these matters and have to go where their ship takes them, or lose their jobs.

Last week’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman have raised the spectre that there could be a repeat the 1980’s “tanker wars” in the region.

Chemical tanker Kokuka Courageous damaged in last Thursday's attacks in the Gulf of Oman arrived safely at anchorage in the UAE on Sunday.

SMIT Salvage has been awarded the contract to salvage both the Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

Insurers and flag-states are urging extreme caution and heightened security measures for vessels sailing in the Straits of Hormuz following the attack on two tankers on Thursday.

US Navy says an Iranian patrol vessel removed an unexploded limpet mine from the chemical tanker Kokuka Courageous following an attack on it and another tanker Front Altair in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

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