French shipping powerhouse CMA-CGM has resumed transit through the Red Sea, signaling a measured return to normalcy after the Danish group Maersk’s recent announcement of resuming operations in the region. This decision comes in the wake of a US-led naval coalition actively patrolling the maritime route to thwart Yemeni rebel attacks.

The Red Sea has witnessed heightened tensions and disruptions to global trade, forcing shipping companies to reroute vessels around the southern tip of Africa earlier this month. This alternative route proved to be both longer and more expensive than the direct Red Sea route connected to the Suez Canal.

Responding to the security challenges posed by Huthi missile and drone attacks, the United States initiated a multinational task force last week dedicated to safeguarding the vital maritime route. This corridor facilitates up to 12 percent of global trade, making it a critical focal point for international shipping.

The Huthis, the rebel group behind the attacks, assert that their targets include Israel and vessels linked to the country. Their actions are purportedly driven by a desire to halt the offensive in the Gaza Strip, where Israel is engaged in conflict with Hamas militants.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, CMA-CGM explained its decision to resume transit through the Red Sea after conducting an “in-depth evaluation of the security landscape” and emphasizing its commitment to the safety of seafarers. The company is concurrently formulating plans for a gradual increase in the number of vessels transiting through the Suez Canal.

Maersk, another major player in the shipping industry, announced on Sunday its preparations to resume Red Sea transit, with the first voyages anticipated to take place “as soon as operationally possible.”

The Pentagon reported on Tuesday that US military forces successfully intercepted 12 attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles, and two land attack cruise missiles in the southern Red Sea. These projectiles were launched by Huthi forces over a 10-hour period, resulting in no reported damage to ships or injuries.

According to the Pentagon, Huthi forces have launched over 100 drone and missile attacks, targeting 10 merchant vessels involving more than 35 different countries. The multinational response underscores the global significance of securing this critical maritime route amidst escalating regional tensions.