This morning, May 25, the Suez Canal was immobilized by the Xin Hai Tong 23. The bulk carrier, 190 meters long and flying a Hong Kong flag, was released at 7:40 am local time.
The operation took the tugboats one hour and fifteen minutes.
This incident is reminiscent of the ship container Ever Given. Due to strong winds, it had blocked the Suez Canal for a week. This had significant consequences.