The Suez Canal Authority said on Tuesday (April 6) that traffic in the Suez Canal was not affected by the sudden engine failure of an oil tanker that day, and stated that the vessel has been repaired and restarted.
Reuters reported that shipping websites MarineTraffic and TankerTrackers earlier stated that the tanker M/T Rumford appeared to be facing difficulties in the southern part of the canal, causing a slowdown in maritime traffic on the canal.
The Suez Canal Authority said in a statement that the authorities quickly dealt with the engine failure of the tanker Rumford, which has a carrying capacity of 62,000 metric tons. Authorities said the canal tug handled the incident in a “professional manner” and the tanker resumed its voyage after the crew repaired the malfunction. The authorities also said that traffic on the canal was not affected, and 84 ships passed through the canal from both sides on Tuesday.
The President of the Authority, the Rabbie, said earlier on Tuesday that the above-mentioned problem only lasted about 10 minutes and was “resolved.” He said that the authorities are considering expanding the southern section of the channel, where the super-large container ship Ever Green aground.