Vessel breaks down in Suez Canal and is refloated «successfully» without affecting maritime traffic

Archive – The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie – Mahmoud El-khawas/dpa

The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, reported Wednesday that a liquefied natural gas vessel, the Bahamas-flagged Grace Emilia, suffered a breakdown without affecting maritime traffic in Egypt, and was subsequently refloated.

Rabie has specified that the ship «experienced a malfunction» in its steering, suffering a breakdown, so it was moved to one side of the channel, allowing the passage of the rest of the vessels, as reported by Ahram Online.

The incident has also been confirmed by the canal service provider, Leth Agencies, which has reported on its Twitter profile that, following the breakdown, the Grace Emilia vessel has been «successfully» refloated.

Last January 9, a cargo ship was also stranded in the Suez Canal without causing traffic disruptions in this important waterway. The ship, the MV Glory, ran aground near El Qantara, in the Egyptian state of Ismailia, while heading south.

The grounding of the 400-meter-long, 59-meter-beam ‘Ever Given’, which was carrying 224,000 tons of cargo, caused a traffic jam in 2021 that led to a paralysis of goods worth €9.5 billion per day.