Crude oil tanker M/V Elli broke her back on August 28th after considerable hogging was witnessed while she was in ballast and anchored awaiting drydock near the Suez Canal.
At last report the vessel, managed by Worldwide Green Tankers, was stable but a spokesman said; “It’s time critical because if it sinks where it is, in 25 to 30 metres of water, it will be a hazard to navigation,”
The shipowner and salvers are awaiting permission from Suez authorities to move the vessel. At the time of the incident the M/V Elli had 60 tonnes of fuel oil in the engine-room which was discharged into the sea.
An Egyptian maintenance gang has been cleaning up the spill, which is said not to be of major environmental issue because of the low density of the fuel.