The head of the Suez Canal Authority says traffic was not affected by the grounding of the MV Glory ship.
A cargo ship that ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal has been refloated, the Suez Canal Authority and a canal service provider said.
Leth Agencies said the MV Glory ran aground near the town of Qantara, in Ismailia’s Suez Canal governorate, on Monday. The Norwegian shipping company said that tugs had pulled the ship afloat.
Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Osama Rabie told Al-Arabiya news outlet that traffic in the canal, one of the world’s major shipping arteries, was not affected by the ship’s grounding.
Rabie also confirmed that the ship had run aground.
Leth Agencies said minor delays could be expected after the ship was refloated.
EARTHING IN SUEZ
M/V GLORY ran aground while joining the southbound convoy near Alaqantarah.
Tugs from the Suez Canal Authority are currently trying to refloat the ship.
— Leth (@AgenciesLeth) January 9, 2023
Officials had no details on what caused the ship to run aground. Parts of Egypt, including the northern governorates, experienced a wave of bad weather on Sunday.
Satellite tracking data, analyzed by news agency The Associated Press, showed that the MV Glory was in a single-lane stretch of the Suez Canal just south of Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea.
MV Glory is not the first ship to run aground in the crucial waterway. The Panamanian-flagged Ever Given, a colossal container ship, crashed into a bank on a one-lane stretch of the canal in March 2021, blocking the waterway for six days. The 400 meter long ship was loaded with about 18,300 containers.
The Ever Given was freed during a massive salvage operation by a fleet of tugs. The blockade created a massive traffic jam that held up $9 billion a day in global trade and strained supply chains already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul, the MV Glory transported more than 65,000 tons of corn from Ukraine to China.
The MV Glory was inspected by the Joint Coordination Center on 3 January. In the center are Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian and UN employees.
Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal is a vital link for oil, natural gas and freight. It also remains one of Egypt’s top foreign exchange earners.
In 2015, the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi completed a substantial expansion of the canal, making it suitable for the largest ships in the world.
The MV Glory is 225 meters long.