The M/V Glory, a cargo vessel which was sailing to China and was briefly stranded in Egypt's Suez Canal early today due to a technical fault, is seen while Authority's Maritime rescue team and tug boats are seen on the tow of it in the canal of Ismailia, January 9, 2023. The Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS

Bulk Carrier Transporting Ukrainian Grain Briefly Grounds in the Suez Canal

Mike Schuler
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January 9, 2023

Suez Canal tugs have refloated a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier which had run aground in the waterway on Monday.

The ship, the M/V Glory, grounded at kilometer 38 after suffering a “machinery failure” while joining a southbound convoy near El Qantara, Egypt near Ismailia on the northern end of the Suez Canal, the Suez Canal Authority and Leth Agencies confirmed separately.

The grounding occurred in a single-lane span of the Suez Canal, just north of where the Canal split into two lanes.

Four Suez Canal Authority (SCA) tugs, led by the 95 bollard pull Port Said, were successful in refloating the vessel with minimal disruption.

Normal canal operations have been restored with 51 vessels scheduled to transit the waterway both directions; including 25 in the southbound convoy (presumably not including Glory) and 25 in the northbound, the SCA reported.

AIS data from MarineTraffic.com shows the M/V Glory departed from Port of Chornomorsk in Ukraine on December 24. The SCA reports the ship is en route to China.

The vessel is reportedly carrying 65,970 metric tonnes of corn, according to the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) overseeing Ukraine grain exports.

The grounding comes almost two years after the MV Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal and blocked traffic for six days.

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