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Two ships run aground along the Suez Canal

Cairo: Two ships ran aground along the Suez Canal on Saturday morning in dense mist causing lengthy delays on the vital trading waterway. The Susan Maersk containership hit a sand bank while heading north. It did not suffer any damage.

Reports remain sketchy, but it appears the boxship was involved in a collision with the bulk carrier Margaret Oldendorff, which also ran aground. The bulker sustained some damage but has since carried on north and is now in the Mediterranean.

There were no reports of injuries or pollution.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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