Suez traffic returns to normal after ship briefly grounds

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ship traffic through one of the world’s busiest waterways is back to normal on Thursday after a tug successfully removed a large vessel that had been stranded for hours in the Suez Canal, officials said on Thursday. officials said.

Officials at the two canals said traffic returned to normal about six hours after the accident and three and a half hours after the boat was pulled up, by about 11 a.m. local time (8 p.m. Japan time).

Shipping agency Les Agencies identified the vessel as a 190-meter (623-foot) bulk carrier, Shinkaitsu No. 23.

“The Suez Canal Authority successfully resurfaced the M/V XIN HAI TONG 23 at 07:40 (04:40 GMT),” the agency tweeted. It is.”

Canal authorities said in a statement that they had been notified of the engine failure and had dispatched a tugboat to move the vessel safely. A malfunction of the ship’s winch temporarily delayed the process, they added.

Canal officials said the vessel had not run aground and had not “resurfaced”.

“As a precautionary measure, vessel activity in both directions will return to normal once the towing operations are completed,” the canal authority said.

Mr. Les had previously tweeted that the ship disrupted at least two fleets.

Ship data from Refinitiv Akon found that the Hong Kong-flagged vessel was “out of command” near the southern end of the canal. Originally it was slanted so that the stern touched the east side of the canal, but it seems that it was later moved to the center and faced south. Three Egyptian tugs surrounded it.

The ship departed from Dubai port in Saudi Arabia. Owned by Xiang B12 HK International Ship Lease and managed by Tosco Keymax International Ship Management.

A 190-metre-long ship ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Thursday, reviving fears that it could disrupt global trade on one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.

About 12% of world trade travels through canals. In the strong winds of 2021, a huge container ship forever givencongested, halting traffic in both directions for six days, disrupting global trade.

Last year, the tugboat resurfaced. oil tanker The ship was temporarily stranded in the canal due to a technical defect in the rudder, during which time the ship broke down and container ship There was a slight delay in March due to the canal.

Reporting by Hatem Maher and Ahmed Torba from Cairo, Tala Ramadan from Dubai Written by Nafisa Eltahil Edited by Muralikmal Anantharaman, Christian Shmolinger, Lincoln Feast, Peter Graf, Francis Kelly

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