Another ship has briefly run aground in the Suez Canal, an informed source has told Sputnik.
"Indeed, the ship ran aground a little, but the incident is over and the ship is already underway," the source said, adding that it would take "30 minutes at most" to restore movement in the canal area.
The new incident took place in the canal's southern portion, almost completely blocking traffic through the waterway, the source added.
Footage of canal traffic by MarineTraffic showed ships loitering in a narrow stretch of the canal area Tuesday afternoon local time, with tugs including the Mosaed 3 rushing to help the Minerva Nike, a crude oil tanker sailing under the flag of Greece. The Rumford, a crude tanker sailing under the Italian flag, could be seen stopped directly north of the Minerva Nike, reporting engine trouble.
There seems to be a slowdown of traffic at the #Suez Canal again, as another ship, the #Rumford, is facing difficulties there.— MarineTraffic (@MarineTraffic) April 6, 2021
We are waiting on details but as you can see from our Playback video, tugs in the area rushed to help the #tanker. #SuezLiveonMT pic.twitter.com/f5AGcG8vHG
Tuesday's incident was a brief taste of the catastrophic blockage of the Suez Canal that played out between 23 and 29 March, when the Ever Given, a 400-metre-long Japanese-owned, Panama-registered, German-managed, Taiwanese-operated container ship, wedged itself into the waterway after speeding through the canal in high winds.
The Ever Given incident held up tens of billions of dollars in trade, with canal authorities working day and night to get the ship unstuck. Egypt reportedly lost some $14 million in transit revenues for every day that the ship remained trapped.
The shipping backlog caused by the Ever Given incident was fully cleared by Saturday, with all 422 vessels with a combined tonnage of 22 million tonnes passing through the canal zone safely on route to their destinations.
On Friday, Suez Canal Authority chief Osama Rabie told local media that authorities were exploring the possibility of widening the waterway.
Authorities stressed that they ruled out sabotage as a possible reason for the Ever Given incident. However, the crash garnered an air of mystery after the ill-fated ship "accidentally" chartered a course resembling male genitalia before heading into and getting stuck in the canal, giving rise to a host of hilarious conspiracy theories.