Container ship refloated after accident in the Suez Canal Ship’s crew

CAIRO, March 5 (Reuters) – A container ship that broke down in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Sunday, causing traffic to be diverted, has resumed sailing, the canal authority said.

The agency said in an earlier statement that the MSC ISTANBUL, which was sailing under the flag of Liberia, was stranded in transit of the canal on its way from Malaysia to Portugal.

Four tugboats worked to move it and traffic on the vital waterway was not affected, the statement said.

“All ships coming from the north have passed normally, and navigation from the south has also been normal after ships were diverted from the western channel to the eastern channel,” she added.

Eikon shipping data showed the incident took place around 1600 GMT on Sunday.

In 2021, a giant container ship, the Ever Given, got stuck on a single-lane southern section of the canal in high winds, blocking traffic for six days before breaking free.

(Reporting by Yusri Mohamed; Writing by Hatem Maher and Aidan Lewis; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Frances Kerry)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023.

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