The technical teams of the Suez Canal are currently working on the rescue and refloating work of a tugboat with seven crew members on board that collided this Saturday with an oil tanker that crossed that seaway, information today from official sources that did not specify whether the accident paralyzed maritime transit.
The president of the Canal Management Authority, Lieutenant General Osama Rabie, reported today that “maritime rescue work is being carried out to respond to the collision accident of the tanker ‘Chinagas Legend’, with the Hong Kong flag and the tug Fahd, belonging to the authority”, in the area of Al Balah, which led to the sinking of the tugboat.
The Maritime Rescue troops have started an operation to rescue the seven members of the tugboat and to recover the ship with the help of a crane. The Chinese cargo ship, 230 meters long and weighing 52,000 tons, has been transferred to Port Said until the procedures related to the accident are completed. At the same time, a detailed report “on the causes of the accident and checking the condition of the crew” is being prepared, the official statement said.
Sixth incident so far this year
The crash occurred during the transit of the oil tanker within the southern convoy on the seaway, coming from Singapore and bound for the United States, with the tug Fahd, which caused holes in the hull of the locomotive, the entry of water and then its sinking. The 230-meter-long, 36-meter-wide, 27-foot draft ship with a total tonnage of 52,000 tons is waiting in Port Said until the procedures related to the accident are completed.
This is the sixth incident of this type so far this year and it occurs two months after the oil tanker “Seavigour” paralyzed traffic in the canal after suffering a mechanical failure for which it had to be refloated.
Although Not All Events of These Characteristics Came to Interrupt Canal Transit, Those Incidents The Crisis Experienced On March 29, 2021, Caan Do El PortaconTenses “Ever Given” Blocked The Maritime Passage With Its 400 Meters In Length And 18,000 Containers on board, something that causes a huge traffic jam along this route through which around 10% of the world’s merchandise passes. The railway is one of the main sources of income for Egypt and, in 2022, it earned almost 8,000 million dollars