Deja vu as container ship runs aground in Suez Canal but is quickly refloated

The Coral Crystal was briefly stuck in the Suez Canal

Boats were briefly blocked from entering part of the Suez Canal for the second time this year after a container ship ran aground.

Local media said the vessel became stuck at around the 54km point in the canal in Egypt.

The Suez Canal Authority was forced to temporarily suspend navigation in one lane of the crucial global waterway while work to free the ship was ongoing.

Four ships going towards Suez from Port Said were diverted into a separate lane as a result of the blockage, according to Al-Ain.

The Suez Canal in Egypt has been blocked for the second time this year (Picture: Getty)
The Suez Canal in Egypt is one of the most important routes for world shipping (Picture: Marine Vessel Traffic)

Sky News Arabia reported that the vessel was successfully refloated a short time later and the channel was reopened.

The ship involved was the Coral Crystal, a Panama-flagged bulk carrier that was built in 2012.

It is 738 feet long and 104 feet wide and was en route to Port Sudan on the Red Sea, according to Traffic Marine, a vessel tracking firm.

The canal’s tugboats managed to float the south-bound vessel, which carries cargo weighing 43,000 tons. The Coral Crystal then resumed its voyage, the canal said.

The latest incident comes after the Ever Given — one of the largest container ships ever built – got stuck in the canal for six days in March, prompting chaos in worldwide shipping.

The grounding of the 400m ship cost companies billions as goods could not be shipped around the world.

Specialist teams worked flat out for nearly a week on the huge operation to clear the blockage and one rescue worker died.

The canal authority is working on a multi-billion dollar project to widen sections of the canal in the hope that it can prevent large ships becoming blocked again.

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