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The ship grounded in the Suez Canal is now afloat again

  • By Peter Hoskins
  • Business reporter


Stock image of a container ship passing through the Suez Canal

A ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal has been refloated, says shipping company Leth Agencies.

Tugs had been working to float the vessel, named Xin Hai Tong 23, the company said earlier.

The Suez Canal Authority did not immediately respond to a BBC request for comment.

Two years ago, the Suez Canal, one of the busiest waterways in the world, was impassable for almost a week after a giant container ship got stuck.

“The Suez Canal Authority has successfully refloated the M/V XIN HAI TONG 23 at 07:40,” Leth said in a tweet.

The Hong Kong-flagged vessel was “not under command” near the southern end of the canal, positioned at an angle next to the canal’s eastern side, according to Marine Traffic ship tracking.

The tracker also showed that there were three Egyptian tugs around the ship.

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Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, blocked the canal for six days in 2021, disrupting global trade.

The ship, operated by Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine, caused a backlog of hundreds of vessels trying to use the waterway.

Last year, an oil tanker that briefly ran aground in the canal after a failure with its rudder was refloated by tugboats.

In March this year, the collapse of a container ship in the canal caused minor delays.

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