CAIRO: The Suez Canal Authority said Monday that a cargo ship that went aground in the Egyptian waterway has been refloated
Canal services firm Leth Agencies said the vessel, MV Glory, ran aground near the city of Qantara, in the Suez Canal province of Ismailia.
The firm said three canal tugboats had been working to refloat the vessel.
Officials had no details on what caused the vessel to run aground.
Parts of Egypt, including its northern provinces, experienced a wave of bad weather Sunday.
The M/V Glory ran aground while joining the southbound convoy transiting through the canal and tug boats are trying to refloat the vessel, Osama Rabie told Al-Arabiya.
The ship is a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, data from trackers VesselFinder and MarineTraffic showed.
The Suez Canal Authority continues their efforts to refloat M/V GLORY assisted by the three tugs – Port Said, Svitzer Suez 1 and Ali Shalabi.— Leth (@AgenciesLeth) January 9, 2023
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It departed Ukraine’s Chornomorsk port on Dec. 25 bound for China with 65,970 metric tonnes of corn, according to the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) overseeing Ukraine grain exports.
The JCC, which includes representatives from the United Nations, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia, said the ship had been cleared to carry on its journey from Istanbul after an inspection on Jan. 3.
The Suez Canal is one of the world’s busiest waterways and the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.