dimanche 1er juillet 2007
01-07-2007 / 12:03
A cargo ship has blocked all traffic on the Suez Canal after running aground halfway along the vital waterway on Sunday, an official with Egypt’s canal authority said.
Traffic was interrupted at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) after the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel with a 40,000-ton cargo ran aground near the canal port city of Ismailiya, the official said.
The ship was heading southwards to the Red Sea.
At least 10 ships are lined up behind the grounded vessel, the official said, with tug boats sent to try to pull the ship free.
The Suez Canal is the third source of foreign currency for Egypt after tourism and remittances from overseas workers.
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