Wednesday 24 March 2021
Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, stated that the rescue units and the Authority’s tugs are continuing their efforts to save and float the giant Panamanian container ship.
Rabie said, in televised statements, this evening, that the ship ran aground from the south of the canal at km 151, numbering the Suez Canal
He added that this incident occurred yesterday at exactly eight thirty, referring to the passage of 12 boats from the canal before this date, stressing that the north convoy had passed completely from the north and linked with the Bitter Lakes.
The head of the Suez Canal Authority clarified that 12 ships were brought in from the northern convoy today, adding: “This is the most that we do to operate the canal until the ship floats.”
Rabie indicated that the large size of the container made it take time to float, noting that it was not the first time, as the authority had previously dealt with many similar cases.