name   천일그룹  tel   0231441001
date   2022-09-05 E-mail
title   Tanker refloated after running aground in Egypt's

Tug boats refloated an oil tanker that was briefly stranded in
Egypt''s Suez Canal late on Wednesday due to a technical fault with
its rudder, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.

The vessel, Affinity V, had been blocking the southern section of the
canal, two navigational sources said, but SCA sources said shortly
after midnight local time that traffic had returned to normal.
The incident occurred in the same southern, single-lane stretch of
the canal where a giant cargo ship, the Ever Given, ran aground for
six days in March 2021, disrupting global trade.
According to ship monitoring service TankerTrackers, the Aframax
tanker Affinity V seemed to have lost control in the Suez Canal on
Wednesday evening while heading south.

"She temporarily clogged up traffic and is now facing south again,
but moving slowly by tugboat assistance," TankerTrackers said on
Refinitiv ship-tracking data and the Marine Traffic website also
showed the Affinity V facing southwards and traveling slowly in the
canal, surrounded by tugs.
The Singapore-flagged tanker was headed for the Red Sea port of Yanbu
in Saudi Arabia, the tracking sites said.

After the Ever Given ran aground, the SCA had announced accelerated
plans to expand the canal, including extending a second channel that
allows shipping to pass in both directions along part of its course
and deepening an existing channel.
Work on the expansion is due to be completed in 2023.