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Bulk carrier refloated after running aground in Suez Canal

May 25, 2023
A shipping container passes through the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt
A shipping container passes through the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt

CAIRO — A ship that was grounded in the Suez Canal, has been refloated, shipping agent Leth Agencies says.

Tugboats had been working to refloat the bulk carrier, named Xin Hai Tong 23, the company said earlier.

The Suez Canal Authority did not immediately respond to a BBC request for comment.

Two years ago, the Suez Canal, one of the busiest waterways in the world, was impassable for almost a week after a giant container ship became stuck.

"The Suez Canal Authority has successfully refloated M/V XIN HAI TONG 23 at 0740hrs," Leth said in a tweet.

The ship, which sails under the Hong Kong flag, had been "not under command" near the southern end of the canal, positioned at an angle next to the canal's eastern side, according to the Marine Traffic ship tracker.

The tracker also showed that there were three Egyptian tugboats surrounding the ship.

The Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, blocked the canal for six days in 2021, disrupting global trade.

The ship, operated by Taiwanese firm Evergreen Marine, caused a backlog of hundreds of vessels trying to use the waterway.

Last year, an oil tanker, which was briefly stranded in the canal after a fault with its rudder, was refloated by tugboats.

In March of this year, the breakdown of a container ship in the canal caused minor delays. — BBC


May 25, 2023
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