The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, announced that a container ship ran aground in the canal, after a sudden malfunction in its engines and steering devices, pointing out that a “quick deal” had been made with the site, so that the ship could resume its transit through the canal.
He pointed out, in an official statement, that the authority “dealt quickly with a sudden failure in the engines of one of the ships crossing the canal, the MAERSK EMERALD container ship, during its transit within the North convoy.”
The head of the Suez Canal Authority stated that the ship ran aground after a sudden failure in its engines and steering devices, pointing to the “immediate action” of the authority’s rescue group to deal with the situation, and to carry out rescue and float work through 4 tugs, led by the “Baraka 1” locomotive, with a tensile strength of 160. Tons.
Lieutenant General Osama Rabie added: “They dealt immediately, and the ship resumed its passage through the canal, after fixing the malfunction on the side of the ship’s crew, and it is now in the waiting area in the Great Lakes to check on its technical condition.”
He explained that the navigation traffic in the canal was not affected, as the route of the northern convoy was diverted to pass through the eastern divergent branch, to cross the new Suez Canal.
Rabie considered that this “proves the importance of the new Suez Canal in raising the rates of navigational safety, and increasing its ability to face emergencies.”