CAIRO – 25 May 2023: Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) successfully refloated on Thursday the bulk carrier "Xi Hai Tong 23," sailing under the flag of Hong Kong, that had run aground on the eastern side of the waterway, precisely at Km 157 Canal marking. The salvage took place over one hour and 16 minutes through three tugboats which towed the vessel to the Suez Anchorage Area in Ismailia. Xi Hai Tong 23 was among the northbound convoy as it had departed from the United Kingdom having as destination Saudi Arabia. The three tugs were “Ezzat Adel of 160 tons’ bollard pull capacity,” “Suez 1” and “Suez 2,” each of 75 tons’ bollard pull capacity. Once the winch was repaired, the anchor was lifted, the towlines were connected, and the vessel was towed successfully.
Source: Egypt Today May 25, 2023 10:14 UTC