Egypt successfully tows oil tanker after breaking down in Suez Canal

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An oil tanker that suffered engine failure in Egypt’s Suez Canal, briefly disrupting traffic in the vital waterway, has been towed away, the canal’s authority said on Sunday.

The canal authority’s head, Osama Rabie, said in a statement that traffic in both directions had resumed as normal after tugboats managed to move the stranded tanker.

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The crude tanker, SEAVIGOUR, is a Malta-flagged vessel that was built in 2016, according to Refinitiv Eikon shipping data.

It was heading from Russia to China, the canal authority added.

Frequent traffic disruptions occur in the Suez Canal due to technical malfunctions, but stoppages are usually brief.

Less than two weeks ago, tugboats managed to move a bulk carrier that had been stranded for several hours in the Suez Canal.

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