By MarEx 2015-08-17 11:39:51
In the first incident since the Suez Canal’s August 6th inauguration, the M/V Om el-Kheir caught fire while berthing at Port Tawfik. The Port is at the Canal’s southern entrance.
The Suez Canal Port Authority (SCA) and Red Sea Ports Authority (RSPA) rescue teams extinguished the fire and rescued the cargo vessel’s crew 13 members. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. Traffic at the southern entrance was unaffected by the incident.
The Om el-Kheir, which was enroute to Cambodia.
President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi inaugurated the New Suez Canal Aug. 6, a parallel canal to the Suez, to facilitate and accelerate international trade.