Large MSC container ship blocking the Suez Canal
A 12,500 teu container vessel from Swiss-based MSC, the MSC Fabiola, is currently blocking traffic at the southern end of the Suez Canal. Northbound convoys in the Suez Canal have been suspended following grounding of a 153,514 DWT containership on April 28, according to GAC Egypt.
The vessel ran into trouble due to engine problems and is still grounded at the same position.According to GAC, the ship was the tenth vessel in the Southbound convoy of 20 vessels, while the rest of Southbound convoy of 8 vessels have been detained.
Nevertheless, based on the data from Marine Traffic, Portugal-flagged 153,514 DWT containership MSC Fabiola is aground in the Suez. The 2010-built ship was headed for Salalah, Oman based on its AIS data, which shows the vessel currently being maneuvered by two tugs Mosaheb 4 and Mosaed 4.The boxship is chartered by the Mediterranean Shipping Company. As informed, Suez Canal tugs are trying to assist the ship, but more traffic delays are expected until the grounded vessel is floated.
World Maritime News Staff