Maersk Suspends Egypt Activities

Tyler Durden's picture

And so it starts, as the first of the shipping giants decides evacuation is the better part of valor. Reuters reports that shipping conglomerate Maersk has suspended shipping activities in Egypt. But fear not. The Suez Canal is open. For now. From Reuters: "Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk has suspended its Egyptian port terminal operations and closed its shipping offices in the country rocked by turmoil, the company said on Monday." Surely this is bullish for stocks.

Per Reuters:

A.P. Moller-Maersk, whose Maersk Line is the world's biggest container shipping company, said the unrest in Egypt had affected its commercial and operational activities but all its employees in the country are accounted for.

"Today, there are no terminal operations in Egypt and Maersk Line, Safmarine and Damco offices are closed," A.P. Moller-Maersk said in a statement.

h/t Papaswamp

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John McCloy's picture

Perhaps they are beginning to consider that hungry, jobless and angered people may soon come to the conclusion that there is some valuable items passing through on those ships. Better safe than sorry..Better to take your chances with the Somalis.

unwashedmass's picture

of course this is bullish for stocks! what are you thinking? hell, in Bennie Boy's world, a nuke on a major city would be cause for a major 1000pt rally >>> a lot less people to control and feed, right?

party on dude.

financeguru500's picture

+1000  lol. It was hard not to laugh reading that.

ConfusedIdiot's picture

The map makes me think the Suez route is the Pirate route.


Oh regional Indian's picture

That is definitely not bullish for an early or peaceful close to the current goings on in Egypt. Rats leave sinking ships etc.

But somehow, the irony of the flame being lit in Egypt of all places (Tunisia was just a pilot flame) is maybe lost on many. It there is a progenitor civilization for our current dystopia, many fingers would point to Egypt. 


More stroms a-coming...

cossack55's picture

But the Dutch have such a sterling record in their many centuries of African interface.  They were wizards at evacuating Africans to the colonies just a short 300 years ago.

EscapeKey's picture

Everything is bullish for stocks at present time - in nominal terms.

Seriously, this continuous bull run - which amusingly is carried on in the futures this morning, most likely the result of Exxon's earnings, itself a result of rising prices - can be explained as an increasing expectation of an inflation tsunami.

LeBalance's picture

I would explain it as a 100% Fed prop job.

EscapeKey's picture

Those two are not necessarily unconnected.

cnbcsucks's picture

Or, as we all know by now, it's Monday and stocks are required to go up on Monday, like they do most Mondays.  Additionally, tomorrow is the 1st of the month and accordingly, stocks will be up tomorrow as well.  To continue, any bad unemployment number on Friday is "already priced in", so therefore, just buy.


snowball777's picture

So the response to expecting inflation is to pile into equities which lose nominal value due to inflation (or worse, if Exxon's success implies margin compression)?!

Where's the break-even point between FRNs and heating oil for those at higher latitudes?

Alcoholic Native American's picture

Looks like we got a Greater Palestine on our hands. Amazing how if a country's veil is taken off out from under it you see a Military puppet dictatorship of the U.S.

Is this the same case in Afghanistan, Iraq, pakistan, ect.

these are not even countries. They are imperial outpost.

LeBalance's picture

Twenty days of no food and new regional Guvernatur Ahnold will arrive to let the masses lick his boots.

He will arrive with food.  Good food. Nicely irradiated GMO fluoridated food.

Get you some.

A show soon to be repeated in Dayton, OH and the third world town you live in as well.

"Yes, Lord Vader"

"Yes, Mistress Clinton."

"Sieg Heil!"

I wonder what the emblem on the flag of conquest will be this time?

FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

Can the Baltic Dry Index go into negative figures?

Sure looks like it wants to give it a try.

Sudden Debt's picture

It looks like we'll soon find out :)

c-rev with a twist's picture

One must really wonder how long the BDI divergence with the S&P can last.

snowball777's picture

Worry not, Bennie and the Inkjets can buy boats floating printshop FTW.

MyKillK's picture

The short answer: Forever


Paper and physical have permanently decoupled

sudzee's picture

Banks closed, ATM's empty, food shortages, Isreal backing Mubarak, probably US order for Maersk to close facilities. EE doing its best to starve the peeople into submission.

Alcoholic Native American's picture

Exactly, a Corporate shake down! The Prisoners err I mean the Egyptian people are rioting!

WineSorbet's picture

The BDI can now skyrocket with a smaller denominator  ;-)

alter ego's picture

Things are not as clear as it may seems.

I believe Egypt revolution was orchestrated

by US, however it looks that things are

getting out of hands from their first objective.

De-throned Mubarak seemed as a easy

straightforward coup, nevertheless this

revolution can't be contained and is going to

spread like plague.

The humanitarian impact is going to be

immense, just look how many refuges are going

to land in Europe, North America, etc.

The problem is that is not going away, even if

there is a political change in the Arab

landscape, the problems of high inflation and

unemployment are going to remain.

I believed a Pandora's Box has been opened

and no one can close it any time soon.


sushi's picture

GenoBen could close it in less than 15 minutes.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

if they start shooting the egyptian people in the streets, the table is set for retaliation in the gulf and Israel- things can get outta hand so quick over there..I did not think the banksters where such big gamblers..unless they have all the oil calls in pocket..think of the bonus they will make..oh now it makes sense.

Magic Mamaliga's picture

Whether it's "orchestrated" or not, don't all zerohedge readers know that the inflation in commodities that has sent these people over the edge, is brought on by the wests cheap money policies.

darkaeye's picture

Exactly.  Exported inflation.  All part of the big plan.

KnightsofNee's picture

Starvation and anarchy are now on the march in Egypt. Mubarak is clearly exhibiting "bunker mentality" and scorched earth stance. The division of labor is breaking down rapidly. If this goes on much longer, it will be Mad Max time and the people will begin to turn on each other to survive.

Zina's picture

Please read this interview with Hossam el-Hamalawy, an Egyptian journalist and blogger:


Very enlightening...

gwar5's picture

Thanks. Interesting by el-Hamalawy, but Professor Pothead LeVine has always had a marxist bent and is an apologist for Islamic terrorism.

Interesting to know Egypt has had successful labor movement strikes in the last few years. That is about the same time the Muslim Brotherhood took over the main political party in Egypt 4 years ago.

I can sorta see how this is all going to go down in Egypt.

gwar5's picture

Bad for stocks and bad for food deliveries

Let's see how the food deprivation strategy plays

I bet it gets louder before it gets quiet.

MiningJunkie's picture

Just buy the dip and fugetabatit....

The Count's picture

Iran just nuked Israel. BUY BUY BUY. In the topsy turvy world we now live in where bad is good and down is up, any piece of formerly bad news (how 1980-ish) will push the Dow to higher highs.

americanspirit's picture

One or two RPGs at the waterline and one sunken bulk carrier ought to stop traffic in the Suez canal pretty effectively. Then it's board and loot time. Wash, rinse, repeat.

SilverRhino's picture

An RPG on a bulk carrier is going to be about as effective as hitting you in the chest with a BB gun. It's going to sting and that's about it.

The "interesting times" development is when someone hits a VLCC with a Katyusha rocket in the Suez.

proLiberty's picture

This just demonstrates that personal preparedness is an essential part of modern thinking.  Supply disruption in a world of finely tuned supply chain management is a "black swan", and for the average Egyptian who must rely on imports from container ship lines for a high percent of the things they shop for, this is nothing less than a "six sigma" event.