A cargo ship floated after running aground in the Suez Canal | News
The head of the Suez Canal Authority says that the vessel on the MV Glory had no effect on the traffic.
A cargo ship that ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal has been launched, the Suez Canal Authority and a canal services company said.
Leth Agents said the MV Glory ran aground on Monday near the city of Qantara, in the Suez Canal governorate of Ismailia. The Norwegian shipping group said that canal tugs had launched the ship.
The President of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Osama Rabie told the Al-Arabiya news agency that the establishment of the ship did not affect the traffic of the canal, one of the main shipping arteries of the world.
Rabie also confirmed that the boat had gone ashore.
Leth Agents said a slight delay was expected after the boat was launched.
TAKING IN SUEZ
M/V GLORY started when it joined a Southbound convoy near Alaqantarah.
The Suez Canal Authority is currently trying to relaunch the ship.
— Leth (@AgenciesLeth) January 9, 2023
The officials had no information on what caused the ship to go ashore. Parts of Egypt, including its northern governorates, experienced a wave of severe weather on Sunday.
Satellite tracking data produced by The Associated Press news agency showed the MV Glory in a one-way stretch of the Suez Canal just south of Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea.
The MV Glory is not the first vessel to run aground in the vital waterway. The Panama-flagged Ever Given, a large cargo ship, ran aground on a one-way stretch of the canal in March 2021, blocking the canal for six days. The 400-meter (1,310-foot) vessel was loaded with approximately 18,300 devices.
The Ever Given was rescued in a major salvage operation by a fleet of tugboats. The ban created massive traffic jams that held up $9bn a day in global trade and put pressure on supply chains already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coordination Center in Istanbul listed the MV Glory as carrying more than 65,000 metric tons of corn from Ukraine bound for China.
The MV Glory was inspected by the Coordination Center on January 3. The center includes Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian and United Nations personnel.
Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal is a vital link for oil, natural gas and commodities. It remains one of Egypt’s top foreign currency earners.
In 2015, the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi completed a major expansion of the canal, allowing it to accommodate the largest ships in the world.
The MV Glory is 225 meters (738 feet) long.