An oil tanker was briefly stuck in the Suez Canal Egypt, on Wednesday (31) night due to technical failure of its rudder. The ship Affinity V blocked the southern part of the canal and has already been towed, according to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).
The incident happened on the same single lane as a huge cargo canal. Ever Given, lay ashore for six days in March 2021Impeding global trade.
According to the TankerTrackers ship monitoring service, the tanker appears to have lost control while heading south. “It has temporarily blocked traffic and is now facing south again but moving slowly with the help of a tug,” the firm said on Twitter.
TankerTrackers records indicate that the Affinity V may have been hit by a smaller vessel, the Amelia, which was traveling in the same part of the channel.
After the demise of Ever Given last year, SCA announced an acceleration in the channel’s expansion plans. The project includes the widening of a second channel that will allow ships to pass in both directions as part of its course, as well as deepening the existing channel.
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