The Suez Canal Authority announced this Friday that the container ship Maersk Emerald ran aground on a stretch in the southern direction of the man-made pass as a result of a “sudden failure in engines” and it was refloated shortly after by the technical teams without the traffic being interrupted.
In a statement, the Authority’s chief, Admiral Osama Rabie, said that technical teams “quickly” dealt with a “sudden failure” in the Maersk Emerald’s engine as it crossed the canal, an incident that caused the ship to run aground and that it was solved without interrupting the transit of other vessels.
“Traffic through the canal was not affected, since the northern convoy it was diverted to pass through the eastern section to cross the new Suez Canal, which demonstrates the importance of the new Suez Canal to increase safety levels in navigation and its ability to face emergencies, “the statement said.
According to the note, when the failure in the container ship was detected, the technical teams were mobilized “immediately” to refloat the ship with four tugboats with a tensile strength of 160 tons.
Rabie noted that “the ship resumed his passage through the canal after the equipment on the ship fixed its malfunction, “adding that he is now in the Great Lakes holding area to check on its technical condition.
The Singapore-flagged container ship Maersk Emerald is 353 meters long, 48 meters wide, and has a load of 146,000 tons.
For its part, the maritime security company Leth Agencies said on Twitter that the incident took place at noon, when the Maersk Emerald “had a problem with the engine and ran aground at kilometer 98 of the Suez Canal. “
“Fortunately, the ship was launched only a few hours later and the traffic has returned to normal. there were minor delays for a few vessels“according to Leth Agencies.
The incident has set off alarms after the crisis experienced in the artificial passage between March 23 and 29, when the container ship Ever Given blocked the sea passage with its 400 meters in length and 18,000 containers on board, something that caused a huge traffic jam on this route through which around 10% of the world’s merchandise passes, including much of the oil exported from the Persian Gulf to Europe.