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France’s CMA CGM is increasing the number of vessels traveling through the Suez Canal, it said on Tuesday, joining Maersk in returning to the area after U.S.-led efforts to prevent attacks.

The world’s top shipping companies, including Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd, stopped using Red Sea routes after Yemen’s Houthi militant group began targeting vessels this month, disrupting global trade through the Suez Canal.

CMA CGM has undertaken “an in-depth evaluation of the security landscape”, it said in a statement.

“We are currently devising plans for the gradual increase in the number of vessels transiting through the Suez Canal. We are monitoring the situation constantly and we stand ready to promptly reassess and adjust our plans as needed.”

German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd will decide on Wednesday whether to resume journeys through the Red Sea, a spokesperson said.

“We will decide tomorrow how we will proceed,” a Hapag-Lloyd spokesperson said on Tuesday, declining to comment further.