Suez Canal OKs HFO and Bans Use of Open-Loop Scrubbers

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Despite the recent introduction of low-sulphur regulations, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) will continue to allow ships transiting the waterway to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) without the need for scrubbers. Adding to the confusion for ship managers is a ban by the SCA on the discharge of wash water – used in the open-loop scrubber process – … [Read more...]

AIS Animation Shows Suez Canal Mayhem After Ship Grounds On 15 July 2018, container ship Aeneas ran aground in the Suez Canal during a southbound transit. As a result of the grounding, the Panamax Alexander, Sakizaya Kalon and Osios David also ran into each other in convoy heading southbound through the canal. The Aeneas was the 20th ship out of 27 in the convoy. The ships … [Read more...]

Giant MSC Containership Grounds in Suez Canal

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.  The MSC … [Read more...]

Egypt Seeks New Suez Canal Toll Deal with Global Shipping Lines

By Nikolaj Skydsgaard COPENHAGEN, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Egypt is in talks with global shipping firms to change the way it charges vessels to pass through the Suez Canal, offering discounts for advance payments as it seeks to raise much-needed hard currency from a struggling industry. Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, which runs the world's biggest container shipping line, said … [Read more...]

Maersk Line Ship Runs Aground in Suez Canal

A Maersk Line containership ran aground in the Suez Canal Tuesday afternoon causing several hours of traffic delays before being refloated.  The shipping agency GAC reports that the vessel was number 13 in a southbound convoy of 33 vessels when it rang aground Tuesday (July 5) at kilometer 133 in the Suez Canal at approximately 15:30 local time. … [Read more...]