Once again, a ship has run to the bottom of the Suez Canal. Three Egyptian tugboats are on their way to the ship. Rescue work is underway.
Update from May 25, 8:32 a.m.: Tugboats have refloated the freighter stranded in the Suez Canal, according to shipping agent Leth Agencies, according to Reuters. As a result, shipping traffic is gradually returning to normal. According to Leth, the ship was the 190-meter-long bulk carrier Xin Hai Tong 23. At first, everything had indicated that the ship might have run aground. Now it is clear that it was an engine malfunction.
Suez Canal: Freighter blocks shipping routes
Munich – A ship ran aground in the Suez Canal and got stuck. Rescue attempts are underway, as Reuters quoted "Reeder Leth Agencies" early Thursday. The ship is located at the southern end of the canal and is said to be "not under command". It departed from Dubai in Saudi Arabia under a Hong Kong flag.
Suez Canal drama: Another ship has run aground
The ship is the cargo ship "XIN HAI TONG 23" built in 2010. The current draught is given as 11.1 meters. The length is 189.97 meters and its width is 32.3 meters. The ship tracking page marinetraffic.com shows the transverse ship in the Suez Canal. A green arrow symbolizes it. Around it are three smaller blue arrows, which are Egyptian tugboats that go to the ship.
The green arrow is the transverse ship Suez Canal. The three blue arrows represent Egyptian tugboats heading to the ship. © Screenshot marinetraffic.com
The ship is owned by the Hong Kong company Xiang B12 HK International Ship Lease, according to Reuters. In 2021, the ship "Ever Given" caused a traffic jam in the Suez Canal that lasted for days. The blockade caused numerous impairments. The Suez Canal is one of the most important trade routes for ships, shortening the journey from Asia to Europe. (vk)