Today’s incident began when the 199,700 dwt Al Muraykh reportedly lost power and grounded in the southbound traffic lanes. Two dozen vessels that were ahead of the containership in the southbound convoy were not affected and continued their transit while nine other southbound vessels were caught behind the ship. The northbound convoy was also reportedly suspended.
The Suez Canal Authority dispatched assistance to the stranded vessel and after five hours the containership was refloated and moved to an anchorage for inspection, permitting traffic to resume in the Suez. Hapag Lloyd, operator of the 18,800 TEU vessel, reported that it expected the ship to proceed on its voyage uninterrupted.
In October, the CMA CGM Missouri, a 9,448 TEU containership also grounded during a southbound convoy. In that instance, the vessel also reportedly blacked out during the transit causing it to lose steering and ground on the canal bank damaging its rudder. Suez Canal tugboats were able to free the vessel and also move it out of the traffic lane.
Source: Maritime-Executive (Click for further of the article)