Fortunately, the incident was only temporary, and the Suez Canal Authority is trying to prevent ships from being stucked in the canal again.
For the third time this year, a ship has trapped in Egypt’s Suez Canal. We all remember the Ever Given, which caused big losses in the maritime sector by stranding itself for six days in the canal. It seems that the now-famous ship has been copied.
According to Metro, a British news source, the Panamanian-flagged MV Coral Crystal bulk carrier — a ship intended to transport bulk cargo like grain or coal — went aground in the southern part of the Suez Canal on its route to Port Sudan on Thursday. The ship became stranded 34 miles in, causing four ships to held up as tug boats worked their magic. Since the Ever Given was refloated, this is the second ship to get trapped in the canal.
Following the interruptions, the shipping sector is still struggling to keep up with demand. Consumers and companies are experiencing delays as a result of supply chain issues from both suppliers and carriers. And a ship trapped in a key passage may make things much worse.
The grounding of the MV Coral Crystal lasted just 15 minutes, according to Bloomberg, and caused no significant interruption to convoys.
While the Ever Given was still being held by the Suez Channel Authority in May, another big ship became trapped in the canal. The Maersk Emerald is a container ship with a length of 1,158 feet and a capacity of 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). TEU is a method to quantify a container ship’s capacity using standardized container sizes, according to Freight Right. The Maersk Emerald said to have had engine problems. Fortunately, it became trapped in an area with two lanes of traffic, allowing other ships to pass as workers worked for hours to extricate the ship.
The necessity for upgrades to the Suez Canal system highlighted by these groundings. In response to the Ever Given event,
the Suez Canal Authority has begun dredging operations to deepen and expand the current single lane in the southern portion. It will also add approximately six miles to the current second lane.
Updated at 2:17 p.m. on September 9, 2021:
While accounts claim that the ship refloated after just 15 minutes,
the actual duration the ship was obstructing the canal is unknown.