Officials: The stranded ship returned to Egypt’s Suez Canal

Officials: The stranded ship returned to Egypt’s Suez Canal

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CAIRO (AP) — The Suez Canal Authority says a cargo ship carrying corn that ran aground early Monday in an Egyptian waterway has been refloated and traffic on the canal has been restored.

Admiral Osama Rabei, head of the authority, said the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel MV Glory had suffered a technical breakdown and the channel had deployed four tugs to help bring it back. He said the vessel was being towed to a nearby marine park to fix the problem.

Rabey did not elaborate on the nature of the technical failure. Parts of Egypt, including its northern provinces, experienced a wave of bad weather on Sunday.

Rabey said in a statement that traffic in the canal had resumed after the ship was refloated and 51 vessels were expected to pass through the waterway on Monday.

Marwa Maher, a media officer for the canal administration, said the ship ran aground around 5 a.m. local time and was refloated five hours later.

Canal services firm Leth Agencies said the Glory ran aground near the town of Qantara in Ismailia province on the Suez Canal. Satellite tracking data analyzed by The Associated Press showed the Glory stuck in a single-lane stretch of the Suez Canal just south of Port Said on the Mediterranean.

Leth Agencies later released a graphic suggesting that the Glory, which is owned by Greek firm Primera Shipping Inc., was against the west bank of the channel, heading south and not stuck across the channel.

It was not the first vessel to run aground in the crucial waterway. The Panamanian-flagged Ever Given, a colossal container ship, crashed into a bank on a single-lane section of the canal in March 2021, blocking the waterway for six days.

Ever Given was freed in a giant rescue operation by a flotilla of tugboats. The blockade has created a massive gridlock, holding up $9 billion a day in global trade and straining supply chains already strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

The failure of Ever Given prompted Egyptian authorities to begin widening and deepening the southern part of the waterway where the ship hit the ground.

In August, the Singapore-flagged oil tanker Affinity V ran aground in a one-lane section of the canal, blocking the waterway for five hours before it was cleared.

The Joint Coordination Center indicated that Glory was carrying over 65,000 metric tons of corn from Ukraine destined for China.

Glory was inspected by the Joint Coordination Center off Istanbul on January 3. The center includes officials from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations.

Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal provides a crucial link for oil, natural gas and cargo. It also remains one of the largest foreign currency earners in Egypt. In 2015, the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi completed a major expansion of the canal, allowing it to accommodate the world’s largest vessels.

Built in 2005, Glory is 225 meters (738 feet) long and 32 meters (105 feet) wide.


Associated Press writer John Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed.

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