A 64,000 tonne tanker named ‘Affinity V’ ran aground in the Suez Canal at the 141 km mark, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) revealed in a statement released on September 1.

In the statement, the SCA stressed that the vessel was successfully refloated thanks to the efforts of the SCA salvage units and tugs. The tanker reportedly ran aground due to a technical failure of the rudder, “which resulted in a loss of steering capability”.

“Immediately after the incident, Adm. Rabiee [Chairman of the SCA] establish a task force of traffic control officers under the direct supervision and direction of SE,” the SCA noted.

“The team worked in coordination with the Port-Tawfiq traffic control office to implement the necessary measures. Five tugs were deployed to the scene of the incident along with the SCA salvage division to carry out rapid response measures and refloat the vessel,” the SCA added.

In separate posts on its official Twitter page, the SCA showed a photo of the Affinity V and a video of Rabiee announcing the tanker’s successful flotation.

According to marinetraffic.com, Affinity V was built in 2016 and sails under the flag of Singapore. Its carrying capacity is 114,070 t DWT, its overall length is 252.26 meters and its width is 45.04 meters, says marinetraffic.com.

On March 25, 2021, Wood Mackenzie estimated that 16 tankers loaded with crude oil and products were delayed by a Suez Canal blockage, which would represent 870,000 tonnes of crude and 670,000 tonnes of clean products. On March 31, 2021, the SCA announced that navigation in the canal was back in both directions.

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