Ships towed to Bitter Lakes after accident series
On July 17, the Suez Canal Authorities have arrested the "Panamax Alexander", "Aeneas", "Sakizaya Kalon" and "Osios David", regarding fees for tugs, damaged buoys, refloating and damages to maritime route. The arrested vessels have been towed to Bitter Lakes. A total of 18 ships from the southbound convoy that had been waiting at Great Bitter Lakes on july 15 started resuming their transit at about 7 a.m. on July 16. Only 11 ships from a total of 29 ships in this day’s convoy entered the canal, while the rest was waiting at Port Said anchorage for SCA transit arrangements. Only six ships from the northbound convoy had entered the canal after the ship was cleared. These were waiting at Great Bitter Lakes. The remaining 12 ships from the convoy remained at Suez anchorages. About 25 ships registered on northbound convoys on July 16 were at Suez Anchorages awaiting SCA Transit arrangements.
Grounding in Suez Canal caused mass collision
The container ship "Aeneas" ran aground in the Suez Canal on July 15, 2018, at 6.30 p.m. when the ship was transiting the canal in a southbound convoy. She was refloated in short time and towed to the southern Suez anchorage. The ship was en route from Southampton to Singapore. As a cause of the grounding, the following "Panamax Alexander", "Sakizaya Kalon" and "Osios David" ran into each other. They were in a convoy heading southbound through the canal. he "Aeneas" was the 20th ship out of 27 in the convoy. The following ships avoided striking the "Aeneas", but instead hit each other. The accident led to the southern part of the channel being closed for several hours. The "Osios David" was subsequently able to sail to Suez, where she was now anchored, while the "Panamax Alexander" and the "Sakizaya Kalon" were towed to the Great Bitter Lake, where they both were anchored. While the "Panamax Alexander" was being pulled to the Great Bitter Lake, it collided once again, this time with the container ship "NYK Orpheus".
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