Freight Snaps

The Suez Canal STRIKES AGAIN! Another Cargo Ship Gets Stuck

Are we all experiencing déjà vu? Last week, on September 9th, the Panama-flagged Coral Crystal vessel became stuck in the northern section of the Suez Canal.  

This news brings us back to March, when the Ever Given blocked canal traffic for 6 days, caused countless ship delays, and wasn’t released for over 100 days

Fortunately, the Coral Crystal was only temporarily lodged in the Suez Canal. According to Suez Canal authorities, the vessel was only “slightly grounded,” and managed to refloat and regain freedom within 15 minutes. Canal tug boats were able to maneuver the Coral Crystal out of its jam, despite the vessel carrying 43,000 tonnes of cargo. 

Pilot boat in Suez Canal, Egypt.

With the ship’s quick and professional recovery, navigation in and around the canal wasn’t affected by this incident. Since congestion and delays are already so prevalent in this current shipping climate, the shipping industry took a breath of relief. 

On the other hand, social media users expressed shock and disappointment at the short period of time that the Coral Crystal was stationary. They claimed that the Suez Canal hadn’t been blocked “long enough to have fun.” 

Suez Canal transit. View from a cargo vessel.

Traffic at the canal was actually redirected through a parallel channel, and then the Coral Crystal swiftly resumed its transit to Port Sudan on the Red Sea. The reason why the vessel became wedged in the canal is still unclear. 

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