CAIRO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Maritime traffic in the Suez Canal continued as normal on Monday after tugs towed a cargo ship which broke down while passing through the waterway, the Canal Authority said. .
The outage is expected to cause only minor delays, with ship convoys resuming regular transit at 11 a.m. local time (0900 GMT), shipping agent Leth said.
The M/V Glory, which was sailing to China, suffered a technical failure while 38 km from its southerly passage through the channel, before being towed by four tugs to a repair area, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement. .
The Suez Canal is one of the busiest waterways in the world and the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
In 2021, a huge container ship, the Ever Given, got stuck in high winds on a southern section of the canal, stalling traffic for six days before it could be dislodged.
The M/V Glory is a bulk carrier flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, according to data from the VesselFinder and MarineTraffic trackers.
It left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk on Dec. 25 bound for China with 65,970 metric tons of maize, according to the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Center (JCC) which oversees Ukrainian grain exports.
The JCC, which includes representatives from the United Nations, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia, said the ship was allowed to continue its journey from Istanbul after an inspection on January 3.
Reporting by Yusri Mohammed, Amal Abbas, Florence Tan, Alaa Swilam, Mahmoud Mourad, Jonathan Spicer; written by Nadine Awadalla, Henriette Chacar and Aidan Lewis; edited by Himani Sarkar and Jason Neely
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