Middle East

UASC ‘cooperating’ with local authorities over Suez smash, ship named

Cairo: The containership involved in Sunday’s tragic collision with a fishing vessel on the Suez Canal was the 6,921-teu vessel Al Safat (pictured), operated by United Arab Shipping Co (UASC), sources have confirmed to GulfShip News.

"She is presently detained by the Egyptian Navy, pending completion of the investigation with the crew, which just started yesterday," the source told GulfShip this morning.

The collision has resulted in as many as 20 deaths from the 40 people who were onboard the fishing vessel. Searches continued Tuesday to try and find missing crewmembers.

A spokesperson for UASC told GulfShip News: "It has been reported that one of UASC’s container vessels may have collided with an Egyptian fishing vessel in the Red Sea. Our team is currently cooperating with the Egyptian authorities who are investigating the matter.”

The containership was moored at the port of Sagafa as local authorities conducted investigations into the accident.

This is the second such recent collision involving vessels passing through the Suez Canal. In September, two containerships rammed into each other at the northern end of the canal, knocking containers into the sea and delaying traffic in both directions.  [16/12/14]


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