Ship Refloated After Running Aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal
Tugs are trying to refloat the M/V Glory, Soren Andersen, a manager at Leth Agencies, said by phone.
(Bloomberg) -- A ship has been refloated after running aground in the Suez Canal and briefly disrupting traffic in the waterway that’s vital for global trade.
The M/V Glory is being towed by tugboats, the Suez Canal Authority said around 10 a.m. Egypt time.
The roughly 20 ships that were stopped from travelling south through the canal will resume their voyages with minor delays at 11 a.m., Leth Agencies, which provides services to vessels going through the Suez, said.
The Glory is a bulk carrier, meaning it transports unpackaged cargo such as grains. It’s just over half the length of the Ever Given, the massive ship that blocked the Suez in 2021. The Ever Given was stuck partly because it was longer than the width of the canal.
The Glory experienced a “sudden technical failure,” according to the SCA. It was grounded for four hours after entering the northern end of the canal early on Monday, said a spokesman for Inchcape Shipping Services. He added the ship had a mechanical problem with one of its engine cylinders 38 kilometers (23.6 miles) into the voyage.
The Suez was blocked for almost a week in 2021 when the 400-meter-long (1,312 feet) Ever Given container ship got stick lengthwise across the waterway, backing up marine traffic in both directions. The incident roiled global shipping markets and trade.
The Glory is 225 meters long, according to the website of Greek operator Target Marine SA. The canal itself is roughly 300 meters wide.
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