A HUGE boat has been stuck in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes for hours after becoming stranded.
Today, the 623 ft-long Xin Hai Tong 23 was stuck in the southern estuary.
Leth Agencies, the agency that oversees traffic in the canal, said the ship ran aground at 4 a.m. local time, disrupting at least two trains.
The canal authorities deployed a tugboat after being alerted to an engine failure.
The boat was successfully floated after being stranded for several hours.
Leth said the process was briefly delayed because the ship’s winch was damaged.
Authorities confirmed that “transportation in both directions will return to normal as soon as the towing is over, as a precautionary measure.”
The ship departed from the port of Dhuba in Saudi Arabia.
It is owned by Xiang B12 HK International Ship Lease and managed by Tosco Keymax International Ship Management.
About 12 percent of the world’s trade moves through the Suez Canal, the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
In the strong winds of 2021, a giant container ship, the Ever Givenblocked traffic on the Suez Canal, shutting down traffic in both directions for six days and disrupting global commerce.
Last year, tugs floated an oil tanker that briefly ran aground in the canal due to a technical fault in the rudder, while the failure of a container ship in the canal caused minor delays in October. Father.