Suez Canal authority has successfully refloated ship: Shipping agency

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Suez Canal authority has successfully refloated a large ship that has grounded the canal after an hour and 16 minutes, shipping agent Leth Agencies said early on Thursday.

The company identified the ship as the 190 metre (623 foot) Xin Hai Tong 23, a bulk carrier.


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“M/V XIN HAI TONG 23 has grounded in the Suez Canal at KM 159/0400 hrs,” Leth Agencies had said earlier in a tweet, adding it was “leaving behind 4 vessels from the early convoy in addition to the ordinary group which was planned to enter Suez Canal at about 0600 hrs.”

The Marine Traffic ship tracker and Refinitiv data showed the ship, which sails under the Hong Kong flag, as “not under command” near the southern end of the canal, positioned at an angle next to the canal’s eastern side.

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