Cargo Ship Breaks Down In Suez Canal And Hits A Bridge

A cargo vessel broke down in the Suez Canal in Egypt on Wednesday. It collided with a bridge over the crucial waterway; however, the accident did not disrupt canal traffic.

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The Suez Canal Authority’s head, Adm. Ossama Rabei, stated that the Singapore-flagged One Orpheus had drifted off track after its rudder collapsed before crashing into the Mansi Bridge near Ismailia. The extent of what happened to the ship and bridge remains unknown.

According to Rabei, the incident occurred in a newly extended portion of the waterway that included two distinct shipping lanes.

Four tugboats were summoned, he added, to move the cargo vessel, which was sailing north via the canal on its route to the Netherlands from Singapore.

The tragedy was the latest in a series of mishaps on the vital waterway. Several ships have recently run aground or broken down in the Suez Canal.

Two tankers carrying oil and liquefied natural gas crashed in a single-lane part of the canal in August, briefly delaying traffic. The massive Ever Green became trapped in a single-lane portion of the channel in March 2021, shutting the waterway for six days and impacting global trade.

The Suez Canal opened in 1869 and is a vital route for natural gas, oil, and cargo. The canal facilitates about 10% of global trade and is an important source of foreign revenue for Egypt’s government.

Reference: AP News

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