Two Ships Collide In Suez Canal, Traffic Remains Unaffected
The SCA reported that the LYRIC MAGNOLIA, with a capacity of 65,000 tons, and the ALIGOTE cargo ship, with a capacity of 44,000 tons, collided while the former was waiting on the hook in the Great Bitter Lake, and the latter was preparing to move from there to area W1.
Increased wind speeds caused the incident. The SCA’s marine rescue team was immediately dispatched to examine both vessels and found no significant damage or pollution in the surroundings.
A technical report is being prepared for a complete examination, and once it is ready, the ships will be allowed to continue on their journeys in the morning.
The LYRIC MAGNOLIA is sailing under the Bahamian flag. It is heading towards Jizan in Saudi Arabia, while ALIGOTE is sailing under the Marshall Islands flag and heading to Port Said.
Reference: Reuters, Ahram Online