Suez Canal traffic is now moving freely in both directions, after the grounding of a southbound bulk carrier on 25 August had caused delays and tailbacks.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) told IHS Maritime that the 175,620 dwt Mineral Faith, which grounded at 14.30 at KM101, has yet to be refloated but as of midday 26 August presented no obstacle to shipping.
“The grounding incident is not affecting navigation in the Suez Canal waters and the navigational channel is not blocked,” said the company.
SCA tugs, which soon arrived at the scene, continue to assist efforts to refloat the vessel, said ISS.
Mineral Faith is the first ship reported to have grounded in the canal since it launched its two-way traffic system on 6 August.
The expansion is expected to both increase canal revenue and boost Egypt’s ambitions to create an industrial and logistics cluster along the canal.