MSC-ISTANBUL: Cargo ship refloated, after becoming stranded in Egypt’s Suez Canal

After becoming stranded in Egypt's Suez Canal, a cargo ship was refloated
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The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) stated that a cargo ship has been refloated after being stranded in Egypt’s Suez Canal for two hours.

Four SCA tugboats successfully refloated the MSC-ISTANBUL cargo freighter, which ran aground while travelling from south to north, according to SCA spokesperson George Safwat on Sunday.

Earlier, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie stated that the Suez Canal’s navigation movement was unaffected by the emergency, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Rabie validated the SCA’s rescue skills, as well as its navigational and technical capacity to cope with possible emergencies effectively.

The Suez Canal has seen a number of comparable events, the most notable of which was the enormous Ever Given cargo ship running aground for six days in March 2021, disrupting world trade.

The SCA has been widening and deepening the canal’s route since the Ever Given’s release.

The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, was officially opened for international transit in 1869 and serves as a lifeline for world seaborne trade since it allows ships to sail between Europe and South Asia without passing through Africa.