Suez Canal Authority Repairs Dry Bulk Carrier Hit By Houthi Missile

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (abbreviated SCA) mentioned on Monday that it had conducted repair work on a Greek missile-hit dry-bulk carrier, saying its readiness to restore the damaged vessels passing via the Red Sea. The Greek-owned, Malta-flagged vessel dubbed Zografia had reportedly berthed at a floating dock that belongs to the Suez Shipyard Company (authority affiliated) for essential repairs after the vessel’s hull and some of the components sustained internal and external damage in a 16 January attack by the Yemeni Houthi forces.

The vessel had been sailing to Israel from Vietnam with 24 crew members and was clean of the cargo when targeted. The Suez Canal Authority will be sparing no efforts to provide navigational and maritime services that make sure that the normal flow of traffic is maintained via the canal and maintain the sustainability of worldwide supply chains, a statement by the canal authority stated, quoting Osama Rabie, its head.


Video Credits: Suez Canal Authority/Twitter

It wasn’t evident if the repairs were completed. The vessel continued to be anchored at the entrance to the Suez Canal via the Red Sea side on Monday, per data from vessel tracking and a maritime analytics provider named MarineTraffic.

The Iran-aligned Houthi group has reportedly threatened to expand the range of targets in the waters of the Red Sea, which it says are a response to Israeli bombardment of Gaza to include U.S. vessels in response to British and American strikes on sites in Yemen. Attacks launched in the region by the Houthis on vessels since November have disrupted international trade as well as alarmed the major powers.

Earlier in the month, Rabie mentioned that Suez Canal revenues had dipped by almost 40% and ship traffic by 30% year-on-year between 1 January and 11 January, owing to Houthi attacks.

Reference: Reuters

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