Maritime traffic, which stopped after an oil tanker ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways, returned to normal.
Suez Canal Authority Spokesperson George Safvet made a statement to Egypt’s private television channel Extra News.
He said at 19:15 local time (17:15 GMT), one of the ships from Portugal bound for Yenbu Port in Saudi Arabia ran aground slightly as a result of a technical problem with their routing system while passing through the Suez Canal, and maritime traffic stopped in the southern part of the canal.
Spokesperson Safvet stated that after the incident, the tugboats in the canal were intervened for emergencies, and the tanker was successfully floated and the maritime traffic returned to normal.
The construction of the canal, which was opened on November 17, 1869, took 10 years. More than 1 million Egyptians worked on the canal’s construction. The 193-kilometer-long canal connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea has a width of 220 meters and a depth of 24 meters.
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