Container ship crashes into floating bridge in Suez Canal

A container ship struck a floating bridge in the eastern lane of the Suez Canal on Wednesday, but the passage of ships through the waterway was not interrupted, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.

Tugs assisted the One Orpheus after it suffered a rudder failure while transiting the canal on its way from Singapore to the Netherlands, the authority said in a statement.

The incident occurred in the eastbound lane of the middle section of the canal, built as an expansion that was completed in 2015.

Convoys of ships coming from the south were diverted along the original arm of the canal, and the One Orpheus along with six ships behind it resumed their journey after the faulty rudder was repaired, the canal authority said.

The Suez Canal is one of the world´s most heavily used shipping lanes and a major source of foreign exchange for Egypt.

Work is currently underway to widen the canal´s single-lane southern section after a giant container ship ran aground there in 2021, blocking traffic through the waterway for six days.

News and image obtained: "MarineLink"


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