Ship refloated after running aground in Suez Canal

Ship refloated after running aground in Suez Canal

A cargo ship that went aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal has been successfully refloated, the Suez Canal Authority said.

Bulk carrier MV Glory was carrying 65,000 metric tons of corn from Ukraine bound for China when it ran aground on 9 January near the Egyptian city of El-Qantara, according to canal services firm Leth Agencies.

The firm said three canal tugboats have been working to refloat the vessel and canal traffic has now been restored without suffering major disruptions.

Officials have not yet disclosed details on what caused the ship to hit ground.

In March 2021, another ship, the Ever Given, ran aground in the canal, blocking the waterway for six days.

The congestion and delay raised fears of a potential backlog crisis at Europe’s ports and added to the maritime industry’s burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The canal was unblocked after the Ever Given was fully refloated on 29 March 2021.

READ: Agreement struck between parties in Suez Canal obstruction dispute

In September 2022, operatives successfully refloated a sunken tanker that caused panic in the Suez Canal.

The 64,000-ton fuel tanker AFFINITY V drifted southbound, blocking the southern segment of the canal at around 7.00 pm local time on 31 August.

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