Giant MSC Containership Grounds in Suez Canal

File Photo: MSC Clorinda. Credit: MarineTraffic.com/
File Photo: MSC Clorinda. Credit: MarineTraffic.com/Michael Standen

A giant containership ran aground in the Suez Canal on Wednesday and was blocking traffic before tugs eventually freed the vessel.

The vessel has been identified as the 13,050 TEU containership MSC Clorinda.

The GAC shipping agency reported the containership (166 DWT, 153 GT, draft approx. 15m even keel) grounded in the Suez Canal at kilometer 145. 

An AIS screengrab showing the MSC Clorinda aground in the Suez Canal. Photo:
An ECDIS screengrab showing the MSC Clorinda aground in the Suez Canal. Photo:

The MSC Clorinda was fourth in a northbound convoy of 27 vessels. Both the northbound convoy and 31 vessels in a southbound convoy were detained as Suez Canal tugs attempted to refloat the giant containership.

GAC later reported the vessel was successfully refloated at approximately 10:35 local time and both convoys resumed transit.