Container ship blocks Egyptian Suez Canal

One of the major trade routes, the Suez Canal, is currently blocked due to a container ship. A container ship heading to Rotterdam has ran aground in the Suez Canal, blocking other vessels from travelling through one of the world’s busiest waterways, according to shipping company GAC and shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon. The 200,000-tonne vessel en route from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean ran aground at about 7:40am (05:40 GMT) on Tuesday after the ship suffered a blackout, GAC said on its website. 

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said it was working to refloat the giant ship, using rescue and tug units.. Its chairman, Admiral Osama Rabie, also said they had reopened an older section of the canal to ease the bottleneck of marine traffic caused by the incident. 

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