Cairo: Two containerships collided at the northern end of Egypt's Suez Canal yesterday, in an accident that was captured on video accessible here. The collision resulted in traffic delays along the waterway.
Hapag-Lloyd’s Colombo Express appeared to ram into the starboard side of the Maersk Tanjong at the mouth of the canal. Three containers from the Colombo Express fell into the sea with the German ship also suffering a sizeable 20 m dent on its port side.
"The incident has severely interrupted the second southbound convoy and the northbound convoy is therefore expected to be delayed," agents Inchape Shipping Services said yesterday.
The canal is undergoing an expansion at present that would mean in the future such accidents should no instantly result in traffic delays. [30/09/14]