Suez Canal navigation unaffected by friction accident between two tankers

The Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Osama Rabie announced Tuesday that navigation in the canal has not been impacted by a friction accident between the LYRIC MAGNOLIA and the ALIGOTE tanker in the Great Lakes region.

The tankers were carrying 65,000 tons and 44,000 tons respectively.

He explained that the friction occurred while the LYRIC MAGNOLIA was waiting at the anchor in the Great Lakes region, as the other tanker ALIGOTE readied to move from the anchor area within the waiting area w1 in the Great Lakes, where an increase in wind speed helped to cause friction.

The head of SCA added that the authority’s marine rescue team was immediately sent to inspect the two tankers. The initial inspection indicated that there were no serious damages or any pollution in the vicinity of the tankers.

Rabie pointed out that a detailed report is being prepared on the technical condition of the two tankers as part of the comprehensive inspection so that their journey through the canal can be resumed again early in the morning.

Developments in their crossing would be announced through subsequent statements.

Back in March, the Suez Canal recorded the highest daily crossing rate in its history on Monday as 107 ships crossed from multiple directions of the canal with a total net tonnage of 6.3 million tons, the head of the Suez Canal Authority Osama Rabie announced.

Fifty-six ships passed through the canal from the northern direction with a net tonnage of 3.4 million tons, while 51 ships crossed from the southern direction with a total net tonnage of 2.9 million tons.

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