The ship anchored in the Suez Canal has now been refloated

  • By Peter Hoskins
  • Business reporter

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Photo album of a container ship passing through the Suez Canal

Shipping agent Laith Tawkilat said that the ship, which was anchored in the Suez Canal, has been refloated.

The company said earlier that the tugs were working to refloat the ship named Xin Hai Tong 23.

The Suez Canal Authority did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

Two years ago, the Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest waterways, was impassable for nearly a week after a giant container ship became stuck.

Laith said in a tweet: “The Suez Canal Authority has succeeded in re-floating the M/V XIN HAI TONG 23 at 0740 hours.”

According to Marine Traffic’s vessel tracker, the ship, sailing under the Hong Kong flag, was “out of control” near the southern end of the channel, and was angled next to the eastern side of the channel.

The tracker also showed that there were three Egyptian tugboats surrounding the ship.

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The ship, which is operated by Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine, has caused a backlog of hundreds of ships trying to use the waterway.

Last year, an oil tanker, which was briefly stuck in the canal after its rudder malfunctioned, was refloated by tugboats.

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

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