Ship briefly stranded in Suez Canal successfully refloated


Cairo, May 25 (BNA): The Maritime Shipping Agency, Laith, said Thursday that the tugs refloated a large ship that had been stuck for several hours in the Suez Canal, allowing the flow through one of the world’s busiest waterways to return to normal.


Reuters reported that Leith had identified the vessel as the 190-meter (623-foot) Shin Hai Tong 23, a bulk carrier.


“The Suez Canal Authority has succeeded in re-floating M/V XIN HAI TONG 23 at 0740 (0440 GMT). The northbound convoy will enter at 0930,” said the “Leith” agency.


Canal authorities said they had reported an engine failure and deployed tugboats to successfully refloat the ship. They added that the operation was briefly delayed due to the failure of the ship’s crane.


The authority stressed that “freight activity in both directions will return to normal as soon as the towing process ends, as a precautionary measure.”


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