A large bulk carrier ship, the Xin Hai Tong 23, caused a delay in shipping traffic in the Suez Canal, one of the busiest waterways in the world, due to an engine malfunction on 25 May, before tugboats were able to tow the vessel and return traffic to normal. Leth Agencies, the ship’s owner, identified the vessel which halted traffic in both directions as the 190-metre bulk carrier from Hong Kong. The Suez Canal Authority confirmed that they had successfully refloated the Xin Hai Tong 23 after moving it with a tugboat.
Last year, an oil tanker was briefly stranded in the Channel after a technical failure at the helm, while a container ship broke down earlier this year, both causing minor delays. In March, a large container ship called the Ever Given blocked the Canal for six days due to strong winds, causing a significant backlog of delayed cargo and impacting world trade. The Suez Canal authorities faced calls to improve the Canal’s ability to handle large backlogs of shipping after the Ever Given debacle.
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