Egypt’s New canal played substantial role facing consequences of 'SEAVIGOUR' technical failure in waterway



Mon, 05 Jun 2023 - 12:59 GMT


Mon, 05 Jun 2023 - 12:59 GMT

CAIRO – 5 June 2023: Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Osama Rabie said that the new canal played substantial role facing the consequences of oil tanker ‘SEAVIGOUR,’ failure in the shipping lane, which delayed other vessels in the waterway.

He added in televised statements that only eight ships of the northern convoy were delayed during the towing operation, which took nearly 45 minutes.

Rabie also confirmed that the weather storm that hit the country recently did not affect the navigation movement in the waterway.

He stressed that all ships crossed the canal safely, explaining that visibility could be affected in such conditions; however, the experience of all workers in the canal over past years helped facilitating the crossing of ships in such difficult climatic conditions.

On Sunday, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority issued a statement confirming the normal flow of navigation in the international waterway after oil tanker ‘SEAVIGOUR,’ sailing under the flag of Malta, had been towed from KM 12 Canal marking to KM 17 Canal marking by three tugboats.

The vessel sustained a technical issue while among the northbound convoy on its way to China from Russia. Its dimensions are 247-meter overall length, 48-meter beam, and a tonnage of 82,000 tons.

The statement stipulated that the SCA has all the necessary salvage expertise as well as the needed navigational and technical safety capabilities to deal with any possible emergency in a professional manner.

The authority also noted that the number of ships scheduled for crossing Sunday is 60, carrying cargo weighing a total of 3.5 million tons.

The authority successfully refloated on May 21 the bulk carrier "Xi Hai Tong 23," sailing under the flag of Hong Kong, that had run aground on the eastern side of the waterway, precisely at Km 157 Canal marking.

The salvage took place over one hour and 16 minutes through three tugboats which towed the vessel to the Suez Anchorage Area in Ismailia. The incident occurred because of an engine failure during the ship's transit in the waterway.

Xi Hai Tong 23 was among the northbound convoy as it had departed from the United Kingdom having as destination Saudi Arabia. The vessel's dimensions are 190-meter overall length, 32-meter beam, and a tonnage of 34,000 tons.

The three tugs were “Ezzat Adel of 160 tons’ bollard pull capacity,” “Suez 1” and “Suez 2,” each of 75 tons’ bollard pull capacity. After they had started connecting the towline to the vessel, the ship’s anchorage winch broke down causing the incapability of lifting the anchor, and as a consequence, hindering the towline connecting process.



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