Sources: The ship’s buoy after it ran aground in the Egyptian Suez Canal

An aerial view of the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal through the window of a plane on a flight between Cairo and Doha, Egypt, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Amr Abdullah Dalsh

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CAIRO (Reuters) – A source with the Suez Canal Authority and state television said tugboats re-floated a ship that ran aground for a while in the Egyptian Suez Canal late on Wednesday.

Two shipping sources said the ship was blocking the southern part of the canal, but the Securities and Commodities Authority source said shortly thereafter that traffic had returned to normal.

There was no immediate statement on the incident from the Securities and Commodities Authority.

According to the ship monitoring service TankerTrackers, the Aframax Affinity V appears to have lost control in the Suez Canal as it headed south.

“It has temporarily blocked traffic and is now facing south again, but is moving slowly with the help of tugs,” Tanker Trackers said on Twitter.

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(Yousry Mohamed and Yasmine Hussein report). Written by Aidan Lewis. Editing by Mark Porter and Christian Schmolinger

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