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The head of the Suez Canal Authority said traffic was not affected by the MV Glory running aground.

The Suez Canal Authority and a canal services company say a cargo ship that ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal has been refloated.

Leth Agencies said the MV Glory ran aground on Monday near the city of Qantara, in the Ismailia province of the Suez Canal. The Norwegian shipping agency said tugs helped bring the ship back to life.

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) President Osama Rabie told Al-Arabiya news agency that traffic in the canal, one of the world’s main shipping arteries, was not affected by the ship’s run aground. .

Rabie also confirmed that the ship had run aground.

Leth Agencies said some minor delays are expected once the ship is re-floated.

Officials did not have details on what caused the ship to run aground. Parts of Egypt, including the northern provinces, experienced a spell of bad weather on Sunday.

Satellite tracking data analyzed by the Associated Press shows the MV Glory in the single-lane section of the Suez Canal, just south of Port Said in the Mediterranean Sea.

MV Glory is not the first ship to run aground on an important waterway. The giant container ship Ever Given, flying the Panama flag, crashed into the canal bank on a section of the canal in March 2021, block the waterway for six days. The ship is 400 meters (1,310 feet) long. Loaded about 18,300 containers.

Ever Given was rescued in a large-scale salvage operation by a fleet of towboats. The congestion has created a massive traffic jam that costs $9 billion a day in global trade and strained supply chains already burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul listed the MV Glory ship carrying more than 65,000 tons of corn from Ukraine to China.

MV Glory was examined by the Joint Coordination Center on January 3. The center includes staff from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations.

Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal provided an important link for oil, natural gas, and commodities. It also remains one of Egypt’s top foreign exchange earners.

In 2015, the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi completed a significant expansion of the canal, allowing it to accommodate the world’s largest ships.

MV Glory is 225 meters (738 feet) long.

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