For two years now, global shipping has been navigating waters troubled by the outbreak of Covid-19. In face of the pandemic, operators had to quickly review their plans and keep a mindful eye on their compasses to stay on course, avoid sinking, and now, to avoid overheating the engine room. Far from having subsided, the Covid-19 storm continues to disrupt the smooth running of world trade and is putting ever greater strain on supply chains.
The latter are already under pressure due to the desynchronisation of national economies, which open and close according to the capricious waves of the virus, and due to the disorganisation of a maritime sector plunged into a sea of uncertainty, from which wild stories emerge from between the reefs.
It is in this context that on 15 October, at 9:52 am to be exact, a rumour caused shudders at African port terminals. According to Le Monde, the Bolloré
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