Two ballast tankers ran aground in the Suez Canal this morning (6 April). Both have now been reported to have been refloated. As per information received, a 107,505 DWT ballast oil tanker ship with a draft of 8 metres ran aground at 132.5 km of the Suez Canal at 09:10 hours local time.
The vessel was No.16 in northbound convoy which was made up of a total of 22 vessels. The 15 vessels in front of the grounded ship were not affected, but the remaining six were detained. The 105,000 DWT ballast tanker behind her also went aground, at 130 km in the Canal.
Suez Canal Authority (SCA) tugs were engaged immediately.
UPDATE – 14.30 HOURS LOCAL TIME:
As per available information, both ballast tankers have been refloated and resumed their Canal transit, along with all other vessels, without any further disruption due to this minor incident. The Canal is now reported to be totally clear.