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Fixing a Stranded Ship in the Suez Canal

Suez Canal Authority announces malfunction of cargo ship’s machinery

The Suez Canal Authority announced on Thursday that its crews have been unable to repair an emergency malfunction affecting the machinery of the cargo ship “XIN HAI TONG 23”.

Osama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a note that the Marine Rescuers managed to professionally deal with an emergency malfunction of the cargo ship’s machinery while crossing the channel within the southern convoy in trip coming from Saudi Arabia and direct in Egypt.

Rabih added that the vessel is hauled for the outer draft of the Suez by three locomotives, in preparation for the resumption of channel navigation.

Rabih sent a message of reassurance that smooth navigation in the canal would be restored from both directions as soon as the towing of the vessel was completed, as a precautionary measure for navigation insurance. The vessel, which flies the Hong Kong flag, is 190 meters long, 32 meters wide and has a cargo of 34,000 tons.


The head of the authority explained that as soon as the main navigation control center received notification of the vessel’s machinery malfunction and its berth malfunction, the marine rescue team and three tugboats were prompted to tow the vessel. , to start the process of attaching tugboats to the vessel and towing it to the outside draft. He added: “However, the failure of the ship’s winch and the inability to raise the hook hampered the completion of the locomotive liaison procedures and, after the failure of the winch was repaired, the hook was raised again and the process connecting the shooting locomotives and then hauling them.”


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